|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||3/5/1982|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||Asphyxiation , Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Search and rescue operations|
On March 5, 1982, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Robert Danaher of Hook and Ladder Company 52 died in the line of duty while operating at a house fire. A nineteen year veteran, Danaher was one of the first firefighters to enter the burning house, helping to carry out a woman in a wheelchair. Believing there were more people trapped in the house, Danaher and another firefighter reentered the burning building, where Danaher collapsed from smoke inhalation and suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Veteran firefighter collapses, dies,” Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1982.
Sam Smith, “Doing the job he loved, fireman die a hero,” Chicago Tribune, March 8, 1982.
“Funeral for a firefighting hero,” Chicago Tribune, March 10, 1982.