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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert O'Donnell
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 9/7/1927
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/7/1927
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On September 7, 1927, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Robert O’Donnell of Truck 20, died in the line of duty following a collision between Truck 20 and a dairy truck at the intersection of West 75th and South Halsted Streets. Truck 20 swerved to the left side of the street to avoid hitting the dairy truck, but O’Donnell, who was riding on the right side of the apparatus, was crushed between the two vehicles when they collided.


“Autos Kill 8; 2 Fire Trucks Injure 6 More,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 7, 1927.

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