IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John O'Connell
Agency Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Fire Patrol
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/30/1906
Cause of Death Vehicle collision , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/30/1906
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On September 30, 1906, Captain John O’Connell of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol died in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm near the intersection of Fleetwood and West North Avenues. O’Connell was killed, and six other firefighters were injured, when the Patrol 2 rig collided with a streetcar at the intersection of Van Buren and Sangamon Streets.

O’Connell was thrown more than twenty feet in the collision, and he landed under the damaged streetcar. Within moments, the streetcar overturned, pinning O’Connell under the vehicle and severing both of his legs.

O’Connell was transported to Grace Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was survived by his widow and five children.


“Crash is Fatal to Fireman” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 1, 1906.

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