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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Courtney Hodges
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/3/1928
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/3/1928
Incident Location Storage , Vacant property
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On January 3, 1928, Chicago Fire Department Captain Courtney J. Hodges of Engine 41 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire in a vacant barn on West 48th Street. The first firefighters to arrive on scene, Hodges and three firefighters from his company were operating inside the two-story barn when the roof collapsed. The firefighters were buried in the burning debris, and Hodges did not survive his injuries. Hodges had been promoted to captain that morning, and the barn fire was the first alarm in which he was in command.

Seventy-five firefighters acted as an honorary escort during the funeral services held for Hodges on January 7, and he was buried in Montrose Cemetery.

Citations:

“Fire Captain Is Killed in Night Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 3, 1928.

“Firefighters to Honor Hodges in Rites Saturday,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 4, 1928.


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