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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Grogan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
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

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/20/1941
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

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.

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