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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Frank Leyhane
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/19/1946
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation , Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/19/1946
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 19, 1946, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Frank J. Leyhane of Engine 72 suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting a basement fire in a residence on Avalon Avenue. Leyhane had left the basement and collapsed while he was bringing in another fire hose.

Leyhane had been a member of the fire department for 24 years. Funeral services were held in St. Basil’s Church on March 22, and he was survived by his widow, a son, his mother, and his brother.


“Lt. F. J. Leyhane Dies of Heart Attack At Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 20, 1946.

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