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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward McMenamin
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 8/26/1936
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 8/25/1936
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On August 25, 1936, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Edward McMenamin of Engine 61 was fatally injured in the line of duty. McMenamin was thrown from Engine 61 when it collided with Truck 30 at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 50th Street while the two apparatus were responding to a fire on Calumet Avenue. Truck 30 was driving northbound on Michigan Avenue, and Engine 61 was traveling eastbound on 50th Street, and when the two apparatus collided, the rear portion of the engine turned over, throwing McMenamin and another firefighter to the ground. McMenamin suffered a broken leg, two broken hands, and a skull fracture. He was treated at Illinois Central Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on August 26.

Citations:

“Fire Truck and Engine Crash; 4 Firemen Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, August 26, 1936.

“Woman Believed Hit-Run Victim Dies of Injuries,” Chicago Daily Tribune, August 27, 1936.


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