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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name LeRoy Re
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Engineer
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/2/1963
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency medical care

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/2/1963
Incident Location Public assembly
Incident Attribute Medical emergencies

Incident Summary

On May 2, 1963, Chicago Fire Department Engineer Leroy Re suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty at city hall. Re and another firefighter had been summoned from the fire commissioner’s office to attend to a woman who had collapsed in the city hall lobby. After successfully reviving the woman with an inhalator, Re complained of difficulty breathing. The inhalator was then applied to Re, who was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


“Fireman Dies After Aiding Ailing Woman,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 3, 1963.

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