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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Meyers
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 8/5/1895
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death [Unknown]
Attribute of Death Drowning
Type of Duty [Unknown]

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 8/5/1895
Incident Location Water/Waterfront
Incident Attribute Boating/Diving accidents

Incident Summary

On August 5, 1895, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant John Meyers died after drowning off the shore of the lake at Seventy-sixth street.

Lieutenant Meyers was stationed on the fireboat Chicago in the Calumet River. Meyers had been sailing in the yacht Ella, with the owner when bad weather caused the yacht to overturn.


"Fire Lieutenant Meyers is Drowned,” Chicago Tribune, August 6, 1895.

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