|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||12/27/1941|
|Cause of Death||Fall|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hose operations , Ladder operations|
On December 20, 1941, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James Grogan of Engine 23 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a fire at a brewery on West 21st Street. Grogan was fighting the fire from atop a ladder when the water pressure of his hose threw him off balance. He fell more than twenty-five feet to the ground and broke his back. He was treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injury on December 27.
“Broken Back Costs Life of Fireman James Grogan,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 28, 1941.