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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harry Lemm
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 12/9/1949
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death 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 12/9/1949
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 9, 1949, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Harry J. Lemm of Truck 47 died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment building fire on Magnolia Avenue. Lemm was overcome by smoke while he was fighting the fire on the third floor of the building, and he made his way down to the ground floor before he collapsed.


“Fireman Dies as He Helps to Combat Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 10, 1949.

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