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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Sorby
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/29/1978
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 10/10/1978
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 10, 1978, Firefighter Robert Sorby of the Chicago Fire Department was fatally injured when he fell out of a moving fire apparatus. Sorby fell while riding in the jump seat on a pumper truck that was responding to a fuel spill on a runway at O’Hare International Airport. Sorby was taken to Resurrection Hospital where he remained unconscious until his death on October 29.


“Fall from truck injures fireman,” Chicago Tribune, October 11, 1978.

“Fireman Sorby, 52, loses fight for life,” Chicago Tribune, October 30, 1978.

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