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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Charles Case
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/18/1902
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/18/1902
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On April 18, 1902, Captain Charles Case of Engine Company No. 20 of the Chicago Fire Department died from being thrown from the seat of his hose wagon while responding to an alarm from station 544.

When the fire alarm sounded from station 544, Engine Company No.20’s Driver was unavailable. Captain Case took the reins himself and guided the truck into Clybourn Place out of Paulina Street. Shortly after taking the reins, the wheels of the vehicle struck the curved tracks leading into the car barns of the Union Traction company. The wagon rolled, throwing Captain Case from the vehicle.

Captain Case served with the Department for twenty-one years. He was awarded the Lambert Tree medal in 1888 after rescuing a family from a burning house. He was survived by a widow and two sons, Walter and Charles.

Citation

”Fire Captain is Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 19, 1902.


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