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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harold Gleich
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/20/1962
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/20/1962
Incident Location Vacant property
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On January 20, 1962, Chicago Fire Department Captain Harold F. Gleich of Engine 22 was killed in the line of duty while fighting a fire in a vacant apartment building on Belden Avenue. Gleich was overcome by smoke and collapsed while moving a hose line into the basement of the building. He was transported to Grant Hospital where he was pronounced dead, and the funeral mass was held on January 24, 1962, at St. Angela’s Church.


“A Winter Fire—and a Tragedy,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 21, 1962.

“Rites for Fire Hero will be on Wednesday,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 22, 1962.

Obituary of Capt. Harold F. Gleich, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 23, 1962.

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