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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Jan Tchoryk
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/5/2023
Cause of Death [Unknown]
Nature of Death [Unknown]
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/5/2023
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 5, 2023, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Jan Tchoryk died in the line of duty while battling a high-rise fire in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago.

A fire broke out on the 27th floor of a high-rise building in the 1200 block of North Lake Shore Drive at approximately 7:30AM and Tchoryk responded to the fire with Tower Ladder 10. The elevators became inoperable at some point, forcing firefighters to use a stairway to access the fire. While Tchoryk and his crew were in the stairway, Tchoryk collapsed on the 11th floor. Fellow firefighters immediately performed CPR directly in the stairway before moving him to the building’s lobby where they continued to try to resuscitate him. Tchoryk was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Funeral services for Tchoryk were held at St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago, followed by his burial at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, also in Chicago.

A 26-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, Tchoryk was survived by his wife, four children, and stepdaughter.


“Chicago Fire Department 'Broken' By Second Firefighter Death In 2 Days,” Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch, April 5, 2023.

Jackie Kostek, “Procession for fallen Chicago firefighter Jan Tchoryk,” CBS Chicago, April 7, 2023.

”Jan Tchoryk,” U.S. Fire Administration, August 29, 2023.

Obituary for Jan Michael Tchoryk, www.cumberlandchapels.com.

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