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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Cornelius Manning
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/26/1891
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/26/1891 3:0
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On June 26, 1891, Chicago Fire Department Captain Cornelius Manning of Engine 6 died in the line of duty after he fell from a two-story roof while fighting a commercial fire on West 12th Street.

Manning joined the department in 1877, and earned the rank of lieutenant in March 1881. He was made captain in 1888 after he rescued a mother and baby from a burning house on Van Buren Street. Two months before his death, he was seriously injured when the axle broke off of his buggy while responding to a fire alarm. Manning had been back on the job only a few days prior to his death.

Funeral services for Manning were held on June 28.


”Capt. Cornelius Manning’s Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 27, 1891.

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