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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harry English
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/26/1947
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack , Heat exhaustion
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/26/1947
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On February 26, 1947, Chicago Fire Department Captain Harry A. English of Engine 68 suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a fire on North Avenue. A member of the department for twenty-eight years, English collapsed after he was overcome by smoke and heat while leading his company into the burning building. He was transported to Danish American Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Funeral services for English were held on March 1 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, and he was buried in Mount Carmel.


“Capt. English Suffers Fatal Attack At Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 27, 1947.

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