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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Barney Golombeck
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
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

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/5/1942
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Fires

Incident Summary

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.

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