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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Ernie Schabes
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 9/7/1930
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Ladder operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/6/1930
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On September 6, 1930, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Ernest Schabes of Squad 2 was fatally injured while fighting a fire at a drug store on West Madison Street. He was climbing a ladder when it slipped, causing him to fall more than twenty-five feet to the sidewalk below. Schabes died the following day, September 7, at West Side Hospital.


“Fireman Dies of Injuries Received in Fall at Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 8, 1930.

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