|Agency||Springfield Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||46 to 50|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||3/15/1918|
|Cause of Death||Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On March 15, 1918, Firefighter Cornelius McGuire of the Springfield Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a grass fire on Holmes Avenue.
McGuire was fatally injured when the pumper truck on which he was riding was driven off the road at the intersection of Spring Street and South Grand Avenue to avoid colliding with a hook and ladder truck that was responding to the same fire.
McGuire was transported to St. John’s Hospital, but he died before reaching the hospital. Four other firefighters were injured in the accident.
A member of the department for ten years, McGuire was survived by his widow and six children.
“Veteran Fire Fighter Dies in Collision,” Illinois State Register, March 16, 1918.