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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Victor Johnson
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 7/18/1930
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heat exhaustion
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Hose operations , Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/18/1930
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute Training accidents

Incident Summary

On July 18, 1930, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Victor Johnson of Truck 35 died in the line of duty on a day of near-record heat in Chicago. Johnson was drilling with Engine 42 at the department’s training ground on Schor Street when he collapsed after dragging a hose line to the roof of the drill house. An inhalator squad attempted to revive him for more than an hour, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Johnson was survived by his widow and six children.


“100 Degree Heat Grips City: Fireman Dies As Mark Nears All-time High,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 19, 1930.

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