IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Ellis Spatz
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/10/1943
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Duty disability
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/16/1941
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 10, 1943, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Ellis Spatz of Engine 39 died from injuries sustained in the line of duty two years earlier.

Spatz was seriously injured on June 16, 1941, while fighting an industrial fire at the International Filter Company. The fire was in a one-story brick building in the Stockyards, and Spatz and two other firefighters were on the roof carrying a hose line across a metal canopy when the canopy collapsed. Spatz suffered fractured legs and a back injury in the fall.

Funeral services for Spatz were held on March 15 at St. Justin Martyr Church, and he was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. He has survived by his widow, seven children, and three brothers.


“Three Firefighters Killed, 5 Hurt in Factory Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 17, 1941.

Obituary of Ellis J. Spatz, Chicago Daily Tribune, March 13, 1943.

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