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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Ward
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/23/1971
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/13/1971
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On January 13, 1971, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James P. Ward of Engine 19 suffered a heart attack while fighting a residential fire on South Lake Park Avenue. Ward died on February 23 as a result of the heart attack.

While the three-story brick apartment building was destroyed in the fire, leaving forty residents homeless, firefighters successfully rescued twenty-five people from the burning building.

Funeral services for Ward were held at St. Margaret of Scotland Church on February 27, and he was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, two children, his parents, and two siblings.


“Lake Shore Fire Kills Woman, 43,” Chicago Tribune, January 14, 1971.

“Obituary of James P. Ward,” Chicago Tribune, February 26, 1971.

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