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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John J. Walsh
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Recruit/Candidate/Probationary
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/3/1922
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Ladder operations , Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/3/1922
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute Training accidents

Incident Summary

On March 3, 1922, Chicago Fire Department Candidate John J. Walsh fell fifty-five feet from a pompier ladder during an exercise at the fire training academy located at Sebor and South Des Plaines Streets. Walsh was transported to Cook County Hospital, where he died from his injuries.


“Fireman Applicant Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 5, 1922.

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