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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Richard Hourihan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/17/1927
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
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 10/16/1927
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 16, 1927, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Richard Hourihan of Truck 20 was fatally injured in the line of duty while returning from a fire. Hourihan sustained a fractured skull when he was thrown from Truck 18 after it hit a bump in the road on Eggleston Avenue. He died the following day, October 17.


“Jury’s Finding in Auto Death is Under Fire; Three Deaths in a Day,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 18, 1927.

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