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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Reszczynski
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/13/1960
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/13/1960
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Arson , Fires

Incident Summary

On October 13, 1960, Chicago Fire Department Captain John Reszczynski of Hook and Ladder 19 died in the line of duty during an arson fire in a commercial structure on Milwaukee Avenue. Reszczynski collapsed due to smoke inhalation while fighting the fire, and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


“Fire Captain Dies Of Smoke Inhalation,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 14, 1960.

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