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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Louis Nilsen
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 1/30/1933
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/30/1933
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On January 30, 1933, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Louis Nilsen of Squad 5 died in the line of duty while responding to a restaurant fire on East 71st Street. Nilsen was driving the squad car east on 71st Street when it collided with a paint truck traveling south on Cregier Avenue. Nilsen drove the squad car up onto the sidewalk in an effort to avoid the truck, but the car overturned when it hit the truck and a lamp post. Nilsen was pinned under the squad car and died from his injuries, and the four other squad members in the vehicle were also injured.

Citations:

“Fireman Killed, Four Others Are Hurt in Crash,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 31, 1933.


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