|Agency||Galesburg Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||[Unknown]|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||4/10/1904|
|Cause of Death||Struck by object|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hose operations|
On April 10, 1904, Firefighter John Slater of the Galesburg Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a fire that destroyed Galesburg High School. Slater was killed when the east wall of the school collapsed as he and two other firefighters were aiming a hose into the third floor of the burning structure.
Slater had been off-duty when the fire alarm was received at 8PM, but was recalled along with all other off-duty firefighters to fight the fire, which caused more than $100,000 in damage. Although the school was a total loss, firefighters successfully contained the flames and protected nearby Knox College and a women’s seminary.
“Fire at Galesburg is Fatal,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 11, 1904.