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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward Peters
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/6/1926
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/5/1926
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 5, 1926, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Edward J. Peters of Engine 42 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting an industrial fire on West Huron Street. Peters fell ill when he was overcome by fumes at the West Huron Coke Company. He was treated at Henrotin Memorial Hospital, and discharged to his home, but he never recovered and died the following day, March 6.

Peters was survived by a widow and three children.


“Fireman Dies from Coke Fumes in Bakery Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 7, 1926.

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