|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|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|
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.