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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Moran
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/29/1931
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heat exhaustion
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/29/1931
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On June 29, 1931, Chicago Fire Department Captain John Moran of Engine 44 died in the line of duty during a heat wave. He collapsed at his firehouse on West Lake Street shortly after returning from a fire. Moran was a thirty-year veteran of the department, and had been a captain since 1920.


“Break in Heat Seen, But Today May Bring 100 Degrees: Nearly 50 Deaths in Chicago Area,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 30, 1931.

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