IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John J. Moran
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/14/1911
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation , Burns
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/14/1911 16:30
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

On May 14, 1911, Chicago Fire Department Truckman John J. Moran of Truck 7 died in the line of duty while fighting an industrial fire on Rice Street.

The fire originated at the rear of the Swanson Theater and was discovered at 4:30PM. Firefighters arrived on scene as several hundred people evacuated the theater, but the flames had spread next door to a factory that produced pianos and cabinets. The factory contained hundreds of wooden pianos and cabinets as well as numerous other combustibles, including oils, paints, varnish, and other wood finishing supplies. Moran and four other firefighters were operating on the third floor of the factory when large quantities of varnish and oil exploded. The other firefighters escaped the explosion, but Moran was killed.

Funeral services for Moran were held at St. Matthew’s Church on May 17, and he was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery.


“Fireman Killed in $100,000 Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 15, 1911.

Obituary of John Moran, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 16, 1911.

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