|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||56 to 60|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||1/12/1960|
|Cause of Death||Vehicle collision|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Ambulance operations , Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident|
On January 9, 1960, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Henry E. Keating, a thirty-year departmental veteran and a driver for Ambulance 7, suffered fatal injuries in a vehicle collision. Keating responded in the ambulance to the scene of an automobile accident on Montrose Avenue. After leaving the accident scene with a crash victim, Keating’s departmental ambulance collided with an ambulance from the Mercy Ambulance Service at the intersection of Lawrence and Cumberland Avenues. Although the Mercy Ambulance was leaving the same accident scene, the two ambulances were driving two different routes to the same hospital when they collided. Passengers in both ambulances were seriously injured, and Keating died from his injuries on January 12 at Resurrection Hospital.
“Two Ambulances Collide” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 9, 1960.
“2 Ambulances Collide; Toll: 1 Killed, 6 Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 10, 1960.
“Crash of Two Ambulances Takes 2D Life,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 13, 1960.