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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Howard Sweeney
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Battalion Chief
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/15/1966
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heat exhaustion
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/13/1966
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 13, 1966, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Howard E. Sweeney, commander of Battalion 9, was stricken during a restaurant fire. A thirty year veteran of the department, Sweeney suffered a fatal hear attack two days later at his home.


Obituary of Howard E. Sweeney, Chicago Tribune, April 16, 1966.

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