|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||2/2/1924|
|Cause of Death||Fall|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On February 2, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Conrad Schwalm of Engine 30 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at John M. Smythe & Company on West Madison Street. Five floors of the six-story warehouse were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene, and Schwalm was operating from a third-story fire escape when the fire escape collapsed. Schwalm fell three stories to the sidewalk below, and was transported to Jefferson Park Hospital, but he died from his injuries.
“Foreman Killed in Night Blaze at Smyth Co.’s,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 3, 1924.