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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Stephen Morgan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
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

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/14/1893 5:0
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

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.

Citations:

“Crushed by a Falling Wall,” Daily Inter Ocean, January 15, 1893.

“Fireman Buried by a Falling Wall,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 15, 1893.


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