|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||31 to 35|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||10/10/1942|
|Cause of Death||Fall , Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||Trauma , Burns|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firehouse duties|
On October 8, 1942, an air raid siren mounted on the roof of a Chicago firehouse caught fire during an air raid drill. The siren’s gasoline motor exploded and set fire to the roof of the Hook and Ladder Truck Co. 36 firehouse on North Kedzie Avenue. Firefighters Roy Feiereisel and Julius Kowalski climbed the ten foot platform that the siren was mounted on to extinguish the blaze, but the flames forced them to jump back down to the station roof. Both firefighters were taken to Franklin Boulevard Hospital for treatment as they both suffered burns and Feiereisel broke his hip when he landed on the roof. Feiereisel died two days later from his injuries.
“First Chicago Raid Causality: One Fire Siren,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 9, 1942.