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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Prendergast
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/8/1942
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Duty disability
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/23/1942
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Firehouse accidents

Incident Summary

On February 8, 1942, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Joseph Prendergast of Squad 1 died from injuries sustained in the line of duty on January 23. A six year veteran of the department, Prendergast was injured after he fell while washing windows at his firehouse.


“Fireman, Injured in Fall at Engine House, Dies,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 9, 1942.

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