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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Charles Abrams
Agency Bloomington Fire Department
Rank Assistant Chief
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/7/1922
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Bloomington
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/4/1919
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On July 7, 1922, Bloomington Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Abrams died after falling at a fire January 4, 1919.

Abrams had been responding to a fire call at 1324 East Grove Street. While exiting his engine he slipped on the ice and fractured his femur. He was in the care of his wife for two years following the fall and confined to his bed the last two months, before his death.

Abrams had 52 years of firefighting service and was the oldest active Firefighter in the state of Illinois at the time of his death. Abrams fought in both the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the great fire of 1900 in Bloomington.


“Assistant Fire Chief Summoned,” The Pantagraph, July 7, 1922.

“Assistant Fire Chief Abrams Hurt in Fall,” The Pantagraph, January 6, 1919,

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