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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Grasser
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/4/1978
Cause of Death Fall , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Ventilation operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/4/1978 1:0
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 4, 1978, Firefighter John Grasser of the Chicago Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a fire in two adjoining apartment buildings on West Taylor Street. A twelve-year-veteran with Hook and Ladder Company 26, Grasser was ventilating the roof of one of the buildings amid thick smoke when he fell into an airshaft between the adjoining structures.


Jerry Thornton, “Apartment building blaze kills fireman,” Chicago Tribune, May 5, 1978.

Obituary of John Grasser, Chicago Tribune, May 7, 1978.

Frank Hanes, “Taps for a fallen firefighter,” Chicago Tribune, May 9, 1978.

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