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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Fred Sommer
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 6/11/1928
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/11/1928
Incident Location [Unknown]
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On June 11, 1928, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Fred Sommer of Engine 60 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire on Ellis Avenue. Sommer was overcome by smoke and collapsed while inside the burning building. He was revived on scene, but continued to have difficulty breathing, so he was transported to Billings Memorial Hospital. Despite efforts to revive him, Sommer died later that night.


“Fireman Dies; Overcome by Smoke in Hall,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 12, 1928.

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