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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Chester Marmoll
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/6/1955
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/6/1955
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 6, 1955, two Chicago Fire Department firefighters died in the line of duty during a 2-11 commercial fire on Madison Street. Lieutenant Chester Marmoll of Truck 7 and Firefighter Robert Synakiewitz of Engine 24 were both overcome by smoke in a rear storeroom of a Walgreens Drugstore. They were transported to Presbyterian Hospital and were both pronounced dead on arrival.


“Flames Kill Two Firemen: Throngs See $10,000 Blaze in Drug Store,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 7, 1955.

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