|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||10/29/1978|
|Cause of Death||Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On October 10, 1978, Firefighter Robert Sorby of the Chicago Fire Department was fatally injured when he fell out of a moving fire apparatus. Sorby fell while riding in the jump seat on a pumper truck that was responding to a fuel spill on a runway at O’Hare International Airport. Sorby was taken to Resurrection Hospital where he remained unconscious until his death on October 29.
“Fall from truck injures fireman,” Chicago Tribune, October 11, 1978.
“Fireman Sorby, 52, loses fight for life,” Chicago Tribune, October 30, 1978.