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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Walter Taube
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 11/3/1930
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/2/1930
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 2, 1930, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Walter Taube of Truck 23 was fatally injured following a vehicle collision at the intersection of Grace Street and Lockwood Avenue. Taube’s fire truck was struck by a stolen car driven by a teenager, and he was pinned between the truck and a tree. Taube died the following day, November 3, at Belmont Hospital.


“Boy, 12, Killed by Auto as He Crosses Street: Collision with Truck Fatal to Fireman,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 4, 1930.

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