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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Timothy Murphy
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/22/1924
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns , Electrocution
Attribute of Death Lightning injuries
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/22/1924
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Electrical hazards , Fires

Incident Summary

On June 22, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Timothy Murphy, the acting captain for Engine 73, died in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm on Escanaba Avenue. Murphy was struck by lightning and electrocuted as he and several other firefighters passed through an alley between two buildings.


“Storm Lashes City; 3 Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 23, 1924.

“Storm Sweeps City; Three Persons Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 23, 1924.

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