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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Lloyd Benson
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/19/1942
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/19/1942
Incident Location [Unknown]
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 19, 1942, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Lloyd Benson, an acting lieutenant with Engine 35, died in the line of duty while fighting a basement fire on North Damen Avenue. A twelve year veteran of the department, Benson was overcome by smoke while fighting the fire, which started in a trash pile.


“Fireman Dies of Smoke From Rubbish Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 20, 1942.

“Fireman’s Death Accident,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 11, 1942.

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