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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Huerta
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 12/25/1965
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/25/1965
Incident Location Vacant property
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 25, 1965, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter William Huerta of Engine 112 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire in a vacant building. He was carrying hose up an icy stairwell when he slipped off the steps and fell more than thirty feet to the pavement below. Huerta was transported to American Hospital where died several hours later.


“Plan Services for Fireman Killed in Fall,” Chicago Tribune, December 27, 1965.

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