|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||1/14/1893|
|Cause of Death||Struck by object|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hose operations|
On January 14, 1893, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Stephen Morgan of Engine 62 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire on Kensington Avenue. Engine 62 responded to the 5:00AM fire alarm, and Morgan and Pipeman James Cunningham had just entered the burning building with a hose line when an explosion occurred and a wall collapsed and buried them both. Rescuers quickly located the two firefighters in the rubble, and while Cunningham was found unconscious with a broken leg and burn injuries, Morgan had been killed instantly when a heavy beam had fractured his skull.
“Crushed by a Falling Wall,” Daily Inter Ocean, January 15, 1893.
“Fireman Buried by a Falling Wall,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 15, 1893.