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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Leo Kelly
Agency Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter [Unknown]
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/1906
Date of Death 6/21/1941
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death [Unknown]
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Rock Island
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/20/1941
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Fires , Hazardous materials incidents

Incident Summary

On June 21st, 1941, Firefighter Leo J. Kelly of the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department died in the line of duty.

On June 20th, 1941, Rock Island Arsenal Firemen were fighting a fire in a storage building at the arsenal when they inhaled sodium nitrate fumes. Twelve other firemen were hospitalized, and Kelly died as a result of the fumes.

Kelly had served with the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department for six years at the time of his death.


“One Fireman Dead, 12 in Hospital—Fire at Arsenal is Cause,” The Daily Times, June 21, 1941.

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