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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Louis Kahler
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/24/1943
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Ladder operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/24/1943
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 24, 1943, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Louis E. Kahler of Engine 14 suffered fatal injuries while fighting a fire at a Bellevue Place rooming house. Kahler sustained head injuries when he fell to the ground after the ladder he was standing on broke. He died later that day at Henrotin Hospital, and was survived by his widow and four children.


“Fireman Dies, Blighting Yule of His Children” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 25, 1943.

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