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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Garrett Heffernan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/4/1921
Cause of Death Vehicle collision , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/4/1921
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On July 4, 1921, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Garrett Heffernan of Squad 8 died in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm at the intersection of 29th and Wallace Streets. Heffernan was thrown from the Squad 8 apparatus as it turned from Canal Street onto 29th Street, and he was crushed between the apparatus and a telephone pole. He was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he died from a broken back and various other internal injuries. Heffernan was survived by his widow and three children.


“Fire Lieutenant Killed Answering False Alarm,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 5, 1921.

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