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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Conway
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/30/1932
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/30/1932 2:0
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On January 30, 1932, Chicago Fire Department Captain Thomas Conway of Engine 71 suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty. He collapsed in his firehouse after receiving a 4-11 extra alarm for a grain elevator fire on Goose Island.

The fire broke out around 2AM in an empty wood and corrugated iron grain elevator. A strong wind rapidly spread the flames through the six-floor elevator and threatened neighboring buildings with blowing embers. The first responding firefighters turned in calls for 2-11, 4-11, and 5-11 extra alarms, bringing hundreds of firefighters to the scene.

Conway had reported feeling ill earlier in the evening, but had been monitoring the extra alarms from his firehouse office. He collapsed from a heart attack shortly after receiving the 4-11 extra alarm, and was dead within ten minutes.

Citations:

“Fire Destroys Elevator on Goose Island,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 30, 1932.


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