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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William O'Brien
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/15/1917
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/13/1917
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On July 13, 1917, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter William J. O’Brien of Engine 22 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a garage fire on Baton Street. O’Brien suffered gasoline burns and was treated at Alexian Brothers Hospital, but he died from his injuries on July 15.

Citations:

“Fireman Burned by Gasoline,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 14, 1917.

Obituary of William J. O’Brien, Chicago Daily Tribune, July 16, 1917.


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