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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Roy Feiereisel
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 10/10/1942
Cause of Death Fall , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/8/1942 19:0
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Explosions , Firehouse accidents , Fires

Incident Summary

On October 8, 1942, an air raid siren mounted on the roof of a Chicago firehouse caught fire during an air raid drill. The siren’s gasoline motor exploded and set fire to the roof of the Hook and Ladder Truck Co. 36 firehouse on North Kedzie Avenue. Firefighters Roy Feiereisel and Julius Kowalski climbed the ten foot platform that the siren was mounted on to extinguish the blaze, but the flames forced them to jump back down to the station roof. Both firefighters were taken to Franklin Boulevard Hospital for treatment as they both suffered burns and Feiereisel broke his hip when he landed on the roof. Feiereisel died two days later from his injuries.


“First Chicago Raid Causality: One Fire Siren,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 9, 1942.

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