IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Bergmann
Agency Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Fire Patrol
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/5/1900
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 2/4/1900
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 4, 1900, Captain William Bergmann of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol was fatally injured in the line of duty at an industrial fire on North Green Street. Bergmann and three other members of Patrol 5 were operating on the first floor of the burning basket factory when the second floor collapsed on top of them.

Bergmann was pulled from the wreckage by members of Chicago Fire Department Truck 10, and transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, where he died from his injuries on February 5.

Funeral services for Bergmann were held at St. Francis Church on February 7, and he was interred at Boniface Cemetery.


“Brave Rescue at a Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 5, 1900.

“Captain William Bergmann Is Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 6, 1900.

Obituary of William Bergmann, Chicago Daily Tribune, February 7, 1900.

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