IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Bleich
Agency Springfield Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/10/1923
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Springfield
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/10/1923
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 10, 1923, Firefighter Thomas L. Bleich of the Springfield Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a grass fire on Ninth Street.

Bleich, the fire chief’s driver, was fatally injured when the vehicle he was driving collided with a hose wagon at the intersection of Jefferson and Sixth Streets. Bleich was thrown from the vehicle and he struck his head on a gasoline pipe protruding from the ground. Bleich was transported to St. John’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

Funeral services for Bleich were held in St. Louis, and were attended by a delegation from the Springfield Fire Department.

A member of the department for thirteen years, Bleich was survived by his parents and six siblings.


“Thomas L. Bleich Dies of Injuries in Corner Crash,” Illinois State Register, November 11, 1923.

“Fireman Paid Final Tribute,” Illinois State Register, November 12, 1923.

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