|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||11/8/1916|
|Cause of Death||Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On November 8, 1916, 11th Battalion Chief Martin J. Lacey of the Chicago Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm. Lacey’s car overturned at the intersection of Halsted and Root Streets after it swerved to avoid colliding with an Armour and Company wagon. Lacey suffered a skull fracture, and was transported to Englewood Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Lacey originally joined the department in 1885, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1889, to captain in 1893, and to battalion chief in 1908.
“Martin Lacey, Fire Chief, Dies as Car Capsizes,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 9, 1916.