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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Andrew Gapsa
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/17/1963
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/6/1963
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On May 6, 1963, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Andrew Ted Gapsa of Rescue Squad 2 was fatally injured when he was thrown from a fire truck while responding to a false alarm. Gapsa was transported to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital where he died from his injuries on May 17.


“Fireman Dies Hurt in Fall from Truck,” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 18, 1963.

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