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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Budz
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/15/1976
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/15/1976
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On July 15, 1976, James Budz of the Chicago Fire Department died of a heart attack. A Chicago firefighter for fifteen years, Budz was performing firehouse duties at the 1st Battalion fire station when he experienced chest pains and collapsed. He was taken to Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Obituary of James Budz, Chicago Tribune, July 17, 1976.

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