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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James English
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/2/1921
Cause of Death Struck by 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 11/30/1921
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Training accidents

Incident Summary

On November 30, 1921, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James English of Engine 32 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire at the intersection of State and Illinois Streets. A fourteen year veteran of the department, English was severely injured when Engine 32 overturned while avoiding a collision with another fire truck. He was treated at Chicago Polyclinic Hospital, where his right leg was amputated. English survived for two days, during which time Firefighter James Cotter of Truck 9 donated three quarts of blood for transfusions for his injured colleague, but English succumbed to his injuries on December 2. He was survived by his widow and two children.


“Just a Couple of Examples of Heroic Firemen,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 3, 1921.

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