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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Carey
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/31/1929
Cause of Death Struck by object
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 1/31/1929
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On January 31, 1929, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman John J. Carey of Squad 8 died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire at the South Shore Wet Wash Laundry on South Chicago Avenue. Carey was killed, and five other firefighters were injured, when the roof and one wall of the burning two-story building collapsed onto them. Carey suffered a fractured skull and was transported to Jackson Park Hospital, where he died from his injuries.


“Fireman Killed by Falling Wall; 5 Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 31, 1929.

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