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Firefighter Details

Name Frederick Phillips
Agency Belleville Fire Department
Rank Chief
Type of Firefighter [Unknown]
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/1855
Date of Death 12/9/1905
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death [Unknown]
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Belleville
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/7/1905
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On December 9th, 1905, Chief Frederick B. Phillips of the Belleville Fire Department died in the line of duty from injuries sustained on December 7th, 1905.

On the morning of December 7th, 1905, Belleville Fire companies were responding to a report of a fire in the refrigeration area of the Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot, near North Second Street and Richland Street. Both Hose Company #1 and Hook and Ladder Company #1 responded.

Hook and Ladder #1 was traveling north on Jackson Street, when it crossed the path of a Belleville Electric Railway Streetcar. The streetcar struck the rear of the truck, pushing the apparatus into a telephone pole.

Chief Phillips, riding with Hook and Ladder #1, was thrown from the truck and onto the sidewalk, striking his head and immediately losing consciousness. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, but never regained consciousness.

On December 9th, 1905, Chief Phillips died of his injuries. Formerly the Belleville Police Chief, Phillips studied law at the University of Michigan, served as a judge, and as a congressman. He was survived by his mother and brother.


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