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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Claus Clausen
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/22/1924
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Non-emergency/Non-firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/22/1924
Incident Location Public assembly
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On April 22, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Claus Clausen of Engine 87 died while serving as an honorary pallbearer at a firefighter’s funeral. Clausen collapsed as he helped to carry the casket of Firefighter Jeremiah Callaghan, who had died in the line of duty at the Curran’s Hall Fire on April 18.

Clausen had been a member of the Chicago Fire Department for more than thirty years, and he was the only member of Truck 11 who survived the Union Stockyards Fire in 1910. He was survived by his widow and one son.


“‘Arson-Murder’ Jury’s Verdict Against Firm,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 23, 1924.

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