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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Griffin
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 5/28/1947
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/28/1947
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On May 28, 1947, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter William Griffin of Hook and Ladder 13 died in the line of duty when his fire truck collided with a bus at the intersection of 43rd Street and South Parkway. The fire truck was traveling on 43rd Street, and the bus was traveling north on South Parkway, when the crash occurred. Although the fire truck’s siren was on, the bus driver stated that he did not hear or see the apparatus. Forty-one people were injured in the accident, and four other firefighters were hospitalized for their injuries.


“Fireman Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 29, 1947.

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