|Agency||Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||[Unknown]|
|Age Range||31 to 35|
|Date of Birth||0/0/1906|
|Date of Death||6/21/1941|
|Cause of Death||Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||[Unknown]|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On June 21st, 1941, Firefighter Leo J. Kelly of the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department died in the line of duty.
On June 20th, 1941, Rock Island Arsenal Firemen were fighting a fire in a storage building at the arsenal when they inhaled sodium nitrate fumes. Twelve other firemen were hospitalized, and Kelly died as a result of the fumes.
Kelly had served with the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department for six years at the time of his death.
“One Fireman Dead, 12 in Hospital—Fire at Arsenal is Cause,” The Daily Times, June 21, 1941.