|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||61 to 70|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||6/12/1944|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack , Heat exhaustion|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Post-incident|
On June 12, 1944, Chicago Fire Department Captain Charles McClaughry of Truck 33 collapsed at the firehouse after fighting a basement fire in a rooming house on South Ashland Avenue. McClaughry and ten other firefighters had been overcome by smoke while fighting the 3-11 alarm blaze, but had remained on scene until the fire was extinguished.
McClaughry had been with the department for 38 years, and had been a captain for 22 years. He responded to the fire as acting chief of Battalion 21.
Funeral services for McClaughry were held on June 15, and he was survived by a daughter and five sisters.
“Fire Captain Succumbs After Battling Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 13, 1944.
Obituary of Capt. Charles M. McClaughry, Chicago Daily Tribune, June 14, 1944.