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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Patrick Deasy
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/15/1921
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
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 5/14/1921
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On May 15, 1921 Captain Patrick J. Deasy died in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm.

On May 14, 1921, firefighters responded to a false alarm turned in by a practical joker, when Engine No. 116 collided with an automobile. Deasy was transported to the German Deaconess Hospital where he died from his injuries the following day. Three other firefighters were injured in the accident. The driver of the automobile fled the scene, but was later turned in by his father. The driver claimed that his brakes had failed.

Deasy was survived by his widow and five children.


“Joker’s Alarm leads to Death of Fire Captain,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 15, 1921.

“2 Firemen Hurt when Alarm is sent by Joker,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 16, 1921.

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