IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Maurice Shanahan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/24/1930
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/24/1930
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On February 24, 1930, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Maurice Shanahan of Squad 6 was overcome by gas poisoning while fighting a fire in a candy factory on West Chicago Avenue. Six other firefighters were also overcome by illuminating gas, but Shanahan’s injuries proved fatal as he died later that day.


“Firemen Win 3 Battles; One Is Dead; 1 May Die,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 25, 1930.

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