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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Anderson
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Battalion Chief
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/17/1934
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/17/1934
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On November 17, 1934, Chicago Fire Department Chief Thomas W. Anderson of Battalion 7 died in the line of duty after fighting a 2-11 fire on West 14th Street. Anderson suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the Engine 18 headquarters shortly after returning from the fire. A twenty-six year veteran of the department, Anderson was survived by his widow and three children.


“Chief Anderson Dies After Dash To Factory Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 18, 1934.

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