|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||4/9/1902|
|Cause of Death||Fall|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hose operations|
On April 8, 1902, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Patrick Keeley of Engine 1 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting an industrial fire on North Canal Street. Five firefighters became stranded on a third-story fire escape while fighting the fire, and water streams from hoses at the street level were unsuccessful in pushing back the flames and smoke that trapped the firefighters, so Keeley climbed up a thirty-foot ladder with a hose line. When he reached the top of the ladder, Keeley was knocked off balance when he was struck by a stream of water from a hose down on the street. Keeley fell thirty feet to the street below, and was transported to Cook County Hospital. He died from his injuries the next morning, April 9.
“Fireman Loses His Life,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 9, 1902.