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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Conrad Schwalm
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/2/1924
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/2/1924
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 2, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Conrad Schwalm of Engine 30 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at John M. Smythe & Company on West Madison Street. Five floors of the six-story warehouse were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene, and Schwalm was operating from a third-story fire escape when the fire escape collapsed. Schwalm fell three stories to the sidewalk below, and was transported to Jefferson Park Hospital, but he died from his injuries.


“Foreman Killed in Night Blaze at Smyth Co.’s,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 3, 1924.

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