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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Schultz
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 4/27/1929
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 4/27/1929 23:0
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On April 27, 1929, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman William Schultz of Engine 34 died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire in a warehouse on North Des Plaines Street. Schultz was operating on the third floor of the warehouse when the fourth floor collapsed. Schultz was buried under dozens of 100-pound sacks of sugar that fell to the third floor, and it took other firefighters more than ten minutes to rescue him. He was transported to Washington Boulevard Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.


“Fireman Dies, 4 Slide to Safety in $75,000 Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 28, 1929.

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