IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Patrick Mullins
Agency Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Fire Patrol
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/17/1891
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Hazardous materials response

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/16/1891
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Hazardous materials incidents

Incident Summary

On September 16, 1891, Captain Patrick Mullins of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol was fatally injured in the line of duty when he was exposed to nitric acid during a hazardous materials response on Adams Street.

A fire alarm was raised after a ten-gallon, glass container of nitric acid began leaking at a photo engraving company. Mullins and members of Patrol 1 joined firefighters from Chicago Fire Department Truck 9 at the scene, although none of the responders were aware of the acid’s extreme toxicity. Exposed to the acid for between ten and thirty minutes, thirteen of these responders became ill about five hours later, and Mullins died shortly after midnight on September 17.

Funeral services for Mullins were held at St. Elizabeth’s Church on September 19, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his widow and one child.


“Inhaled the Fumes and One is Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 17, 1891.

“Death was in the Air,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 18, 1891.

“Numbered with the Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 20, 1891.

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