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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Charles Unrath
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 11/27/1931
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Ambulance operations , Emergency vehicle operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/26/1931
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 26, 1931, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Charles Unrath of Engine 12 and Ambulance 2 died in the line of duty following a vehicle collision at the intersection of Paulina Street and Warren Boulevard. Unrath was transporting four patients injured in an earlier traffic accident to County Hospital when his ambulance was struck by another vehicle. Witnesses said the ambulance’s siren was sounding a warning as it attempted to cross Warren Boulevard, but the driver of the other vehicle stated that he did not hear the siren in time to stop.

Unrath died the following day, November 27, at County Hospital.


“1 Killed, 10 Hurt in Double Crash; Ambulance Hit,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 27, 1931.

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