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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Smith
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/16/1977
Cause of Death Thrown from 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 11/24/1977
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 24, 1977, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James M. Smith of Engine 73 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire.

Smith was thrown from Engine 73 at the intersection of 104th Street and Harvard Avenue, and he died from his injuries on December 16.

Funeral services for Smith were held at St. Thomas More Church on December 20, and he was survived by his widow and stepdaughter.


“Mass set for Fireman Gallo,” Chicago Tribune, December 18, 1977.

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