|Agency||Belleville Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||[Unknown]|
|Age Range||31 to 35|
|Date of Birth||0/0/1878|
|Date of Death||7/3/1911|
|Cause of Death||Vehicle collision|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On July 3rd, 1911, pipeman/hoseman Ransom Lewis of the Belleville Fire Department died in the line of duty.
Around 9:40 p.m. on July 3rd, the West Side Hose Reel’s Company #2 was responding to a report of a fire at a stable. On the way to the fire, the hose company was struck by an Illinois Central train at the Union Avenue crossing in Belleville.
Lewis was on the rear footboard of the apparatus, and became pinned between the train and hose reel. He sustained serious injuries and died in transit to the hospital.
Lewis had been a member of the Belleville Fire Department for four months when he died. He was survived by his widow and son.