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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Henry Schoenherr
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/15/1904
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death 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 7/15/1904 1:0
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

On July 15, 1904, Chicago Fire Department Driver Henry Conrad Schoenherr of Engine 74 died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire in a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad grain elevator located at 87th Street and Ontario Avenue.

The fire started when dust exploded inside the grain elevator, and the flames spread to more than fifty nearby railroad cars. Schoenherr was fatally burned when he was struck by a sudden burst of flames out of the elevator. He was transported to South Chicago Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Funeral services for Schoenherr were held on July 18, 1904, and he was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery.

Citations:

“Big Elevator Burns,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 15, 1904.

“Gives Life to Duty,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 16, 1904.

Obituary of Henry Conrad Schoenherr, Chicago Daily Tribune, July 17, 1904.


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