IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Bohanan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/4/1899
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 12/4/1899 20:0
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On December 4, 1899, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman John Bohanan of Engine 7 died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm industrial fire on West 21st Street between Loomis and Throop Streets.

The fire started in the drying room of the John A. Gauger & Company and Hardy Brothers & Foley molding manufacturers, and spread quickly throughout the two-story factory. Bohanan and another firefighter were operating a hose line inside a shed adjacent to the burning building when the factory’s east wall collapsed. Excessive smoke limited their visibility, so the firefighters were unaware of the collapse until thousands of bricks flattened the shed and buried them under the debris. Firefighters successfully extricated Bohanan from the rubble, but he died while being transported to Cook County Hospital.


“Wall Falls on Firemen,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 5, 1899.

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