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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Lichamer
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/31/1961
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/31/1961
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On May 31, 1961, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter James Lichamer of Engine 99 suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty at the Engine 99 firehouse.

Funeral services for Lichamer were held on June 3, and he was survived by his widow and two children.


“Obituary of James Lichamer,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 1, 1961.

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