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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Ryan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/17/1924
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
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 11/16/1924
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On November 16, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Captain Peter Christenson and Firefighter Thomas Ryan were fatally injured in the line of duty when the Squad 9 fire truck collided with a taxicab while responding to a false alarm. The vehicles collided at the intersection of 46th and Lincoln Streets when the taxicab failed to yield to the fire truck’s right of way.

Christenson, a twenty-eight year veteran of the department, died on scene shortly after he was extricated from beneath the overturned fire truck. Ryan sustained a fractured leg and various cuts and bruises, and he died from his injuries the following day, November 17. Three other firefighters and the three occupants of the taxi were also injured, and the taxi driver was charged with manslaughter.


“7 Killed and 18 Injured in Auto Wrecks,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 17, 1924.

“Auto Hand on Clock of Death Pausing at 602,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 18, 1924.

“Child, Woman, and Man Die in Motor Crashes,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 20, 1924.

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