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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harry Reid
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/17/1945
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/17/1945
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On May 17, 1945, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Harry Reid of Engine 26 was fatally injured while fighting a fire at a Milwaukee Avenue manufacturing plant. Reid was overcome by smoke and revived on the scene, but minutes later he collapsed and fell off a fire apparatus, striking his head on the sidewalk and suffering a fatal skull fracture. He was survived by his widow and six children.


“Fireman Killed in Plant Blaze; 2d is Overcome,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 18, 1945.

“Find Fireman’s Fatal Fall Was In Line Of Duty,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 19, 1945.

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