|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||5/29/1938|
|Cause of Death||Struck by object|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||Equipment failure|
|Type of Duty||Hose operations , Training duties|
On May 18, 1938, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Fred Esch of Engine 110 was fatally injured in the line of duty during a training exercise. Esch was operating a hose and shutoff pipe when the nozzle of the charged line whipped out of his hands and forcefully struck him, fracturing his right leg. Esch was treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital, and received two blood transfusions from fellow firefighters, but he died from internal hemorrhages on May 29. He was survived by his widow and four daughters.
Obituary of Fred Esch, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 30, 1938.