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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Fisher
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/1/1969
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/1/1969
Incident Location Vacant property
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On January 1, 1969, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James P. Fisher of Truck 47 died in the line of duty after he was trapped in a burning building during a fire on Clark Street. Fisher and several other firefighters were handling a hose line on the second floor of the building when their hose stopped working due to the subzero temperatures outside. The firefighters retreated as the flames erupted around them, but Fisher was unable to escape. Initial rescue attempts were hindered by the thick ice that coated the building, but firefighters were eventually able to retrieve Fisher’s body.


“Fireman Lost in Blaze on Clark Street,” Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1969.

“Find Body of Fireman Killed Battling Clark Street Blaze,” Chicago Tribune, January 2, 1969.

Obituary of James P. Fisher, Chicago Tribune, January 3, 1969.

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