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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Clarence Lesperance
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Recruit/Candidate/Probationary
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/26/1936
Cause of Death Fall , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/12/1936
Incident Location Public assembly
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 12, 1936, Recruit Firefighter Clarence Lesperance, was burned while fighting a fire at the Douglas Home, a landmark hotel on Vincennes Avenue in Chicago. Lesperance remained delirious in the hospital for several weeks until he fractured his skull when he jumped out a second story window at Alexian Brothers Hospital on April 23. He died from his injuries on April 26, 1936.


“Fireman Injured in Hotel Blaze Dies After Plunge,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 27, 1936.

“Injured Fireman Plunges from Window of Hospital,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 24, 1936.

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