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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Frank Mracek
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/28/1927
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/28/1927
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 28, 1927, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Frank Mracek of Truck 32 was fatally injured in the line of duty while driving the Chief of Battalion 28 to a barn fire at 38th Street and Homan Avenue. Mracek was driving the Battalion Chief’s vehicle south on Kedzie Avenue when it collided with Engine 39 at the intersection of 38th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Both drivers attempted to swerve to avoid the collision, and passengers in neither vehicle heard the other vehicle’s fire bell. Mracek suffered internal injuries and a compound fracture in his left arm. He died on the operating table at German Deaconess Hospital.


“Fire Cars Crash Going to Blaze; 1 Killed; 1 Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 29, 1927.

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