IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name David Kenyon
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/25/1884
Cause of Death Struck by vehicle , 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 10/3/1884 12:45
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 3, 1884, Chicago Fire Department Captain David B. Kenyon of Engine 21, the acting battalion chief for the First Battalion, was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire on Clark Street.

Kenyon was thrown from his buggy when it collided with Engine 32 at the intersection of Dearborn and Monroe Streets. Kenyon was struck by the engine wheels, and remained unconscious until his death on October 25.

Funeral services for Kenyon were held at the Railroad Chapel on October 28, and he was buried at Rosehill Cemetery. The funeral was attended by more than 120 firefighters, including firefighters from St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati.

Kenyon was a Civil War veteran, and, in 1878, he helped invent the nation’s first firehouse sliding pole at Engine 21.


“In General,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 4, 1884.

“Marshal Kenyon Dying,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 23, 1884.

“Funeral of David B. Kenyon,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 29, 1884.

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