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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John McAneney
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 5/12/1931
Cause of Death Fall , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/11/1931
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On May 12, 1931, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter John McAneney was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a fire in a furniture plant at the intersection of 76th and Wallace Streets. McAneney fell through the roof of the five-story building, became trapped on the fourth floor, and jumped four floors to the street below to escape the flames. He died the following day, May 12, at St. Bernard’s Hospital, and was survived by his widow and two children.


“Fireman Hurt in Roof Crash Dies of Injuries,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 13, 1931.

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