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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Gus Camphousen
Agency Oak Park Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 9/15/1891
Date of Death 3/13/1926
Cause of Death Vehicle collision , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Oak Park
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/13/1926
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On March 13, 1926, Firefighter August “Gus” Camphousen of the Oak Park Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm.

Camphousen was fatally injured when he was thrown from a fire truck when it collided with a civilian vehicle at the intersection of Superior Street and Euclid Avenue. Camphousen was transported to West Suburban Hospital, where he died from his injuries.


“Fireman Killed As Truck Hits Oak Park Auto,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 14, 1926.

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