|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||6/20/1952|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hose operations|
On June 20, 1952, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant William P. Butler of Engine 112 suffered a heart attack after he was overcome by smoke while fighting a fire on Argyle Street. Butler was in relief command of Inhalator Squad 4 when he responded to the fire, and he joined firefighters in attacking an attic fire with hand pumps. Butler collapsed when he exited the structure to call for a hose line, and he was transported to Ravenswood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Fireman Dies Fighting Blaze; Smoke Victim,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 21, 1952.
“Continue Inquest in Smoke Death of Fire Lieutenant,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 22, 1952.