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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Ernest Giese
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 11/30/1900
Date of Death 4/9/1928
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/24/1928
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 24, 1928, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Ernest Giese of Truck 18 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire at the intersection of 48th and South State Streets. The fire was on the fourth floor rear porch of a rooming house, and as firefighters from Truck 18 and Engine 50 were climbing up to the fire, the porch collapsed. Six firefighters were caught in the collapse, and Giese broke his back when he was thrown several stories to the ground. Giese was treated at Lakeside Hospital, but he was unable to recover. He died on April 9.


“Six Firemen Injured by 3 Story Fall,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 24, 1928.

“Fireman Dies; Back Broken During Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 10, 1928.

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