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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name George Lubben
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 12/16/1900
Date of Death 4/28/1934
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/28/1934
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On April 28, 1934, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter George Lubben of Engine 42 died in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm on Division Street. Lubben was riding on the running board of Engine 42 when a rear wheel came off a few blocks south of Division Street. The apparatus turned over, and Lubben and another firefighter were thrown to the pavement. Lubben was transported to Henrotin Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was survived by his pregnant widow and two daughters.


“Fireman Killed, Four Others Are Hurt in Crash,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 31, 1933.

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