IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Jerry Tesar
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/26/1927
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Electrocution
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Aerial apparatus operations , Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/26/1927
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Aerial apparatus accidents , Fires

Incident Summary

On October 26, 1927, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Jerry Tesar of Water Tower 1 died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire in a commercial building on West Randolph Street. Tesar was operating the controls of the water tower to reposition it when the metal frame of the apparatus came into contact with a charged electrical trolley line. Electricity surged through the apparatus, electrocuting Tesar and throwing him from the vehicle. Efforts to revive Tesar were unsuccessful, and he died at a local hospital. Electricity continued to surge through the water tower apparatus until a firefighter with heavy gloves was able to turn the apparatus away from the live wire.


“$100,000 Fire Costs Life of Lieut. Tesar,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 27, 1927.

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