|Agency||Springfield Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||56 to 60|
|Date of Birth||9/3/1884|
|Date of Death||7/5/1945|
|Cause of Death||Fall , Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On July 5, 1945, Firefighter Joseph O. Workman of the Springfield Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire on East Adams Street. Workman suffered a critical head injury when he fell off the back of Engine 1 near the intersection of Ninth and Monroe Streets. Workman was transported to St. John’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.
A member of the department for more than twenty years, Workman was survived by his widow, one son, and two grandsons.
“City Fireman Killed in Fall from Engine,” Illinois State Register, July 5, 1945.