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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Richard Fitzgerald
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Battalion Chief
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/19/1891
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Duty disability
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 0/0/1890
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On January 19, 1891, Chicago Fire Department Chief Richard Fitzgerald of Battalion 7 died from injuries he had sustained in the line of duty one year earlier. Fitzgerald was injured while responding to a fire after his fire buggy crashed into a large stone pile near the Wisconsin Central Depot. Fitzgerald’s injuries were initially deemed fatal, but he recovered slightly and was confined to his bed for the last year of his life. Doctors also believed that Fitzgerald’s years of firefighting contributed to the chronic heart and lung problems from which he suffered during his illness.

Funeral services for Fitzgerald were held on January 22, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery. One hundred firefighters attended the services, and Fitzgerald was survived by his widow and nine children.

Citations:

Obituary of Richard Fitzgerald, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 20, 1891.

“Funeral of Ex-Fire Marshal Fitzgerald,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 23, 1891.


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