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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Henry Wallbaum
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/4/1892
Cause of Death Vehicle collision , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/3/1892 18:30
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 3, 1892, Chicago Fire Department Driver Henry Wallbaum of Engine 3 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a 4-11 alarm industrial fire on West 18th Street.

Wallbaum was killed when Engine 3 was struck by a passenger train while crossing the Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad tracks on Morgan Street. He was thrown from Engine 3 and suffered a skull fracture and various internal injuries. Wallbaum was transported to Cook County Hospital, where he died from his injuries on October 4.

Citations:

“Fire Costs One Life,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 4, 1892.

“Fire amid Oils,” Daily Inter Ocean, October 4, 1892.


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