IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harry Bielawski
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/20/1971
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/20/1971
Incident Location Vacant property
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 20, 1971, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Harry E. Bielawski of Engine Company 63 died in the line of duty during an extra alarm fire at a vacant building on E. 63rd Street. Bielawski and Firefighter Eugene Craven were operating a hose line when the building suddenly collapsed. The firefighters were trapped under rubble that had fallen from the second and third floors of the building. Craven was trapped in the rubble for two hours and suffered serious burns, but it took rescuers more than eleven hours, and the assistance of two cranes, to recover Bielawski’s body.


Stanley Ziemba, “Work 11 Hours in Futile Effort to Save Fireman,” Chicago Tribune, March 21, 1971.

“Mass Set for Fireman Killed on Duty,” Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1971.

Obituary of Harry E. Bielawski, Chicago Tribune, March 23, 1971.

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