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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Walter Iwanski
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/22/1949
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/22/1949
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On October 22, 1949, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Walter Iwanski of Engine 33 died in the line of duty while on duty at his firehouse on Clybourn Avenue. Iwanski suffered a fatal heart attack while he was on watch in the station control room, and he was discovered by firefighters who were investigating his failure to turn off an automatic fire alarm that was ringing in the bunkroom. He was survived by his widow and two sons.


“Fireman Dies at Post; Alarm Brings Others,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 23, 1949.

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