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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward Shanley
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/26/1961
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/26/1961
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Attic fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On June 26, 1961, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Edward A. Shanley of Battalion 29 died in the line of duty during an attic fire on Stewart Avenue. While battling the blaze, Shanley collapsed due to smoke inhalation. He was transported to St. George’s Hospital, where he suffered a heart attack a few hours later.


“Smoke Fells Fireman; Dies Hours Later,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 27, 1961.

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