|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||56 to 60|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||1/5/1942|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On January 5, 1942, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Barney Golombeck of Engine 117 died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment building fire on North Lockwood Avenue. The fire started in a basement storeroom and was fed by a number of wooden storage partitions spread throughout the basement, and Golombeck collapsed in the smoke-filled basement while trying to break apart one such partition. He was carried out of the building and a rescue squad tried for more than an hour to revive him, but they were unable to do so.
“Fireman Dies in Apartment Blaze; 50 Flee,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 6, 1942.