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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Arp
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 11/11/1960
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death [Unknown]
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/11/1960
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On November 11, 1960, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Robert Arp died in the line of duty while fighting a house fire on Race Street. Arp was a permanent member of Engine 96, but he was on temporary assignment with Engine 67 on the day of the blaze. Arp and two other firefighters were operating on the second floor of the house when the rapid spread of the fire forced them to retreat. Once outside, Arp collapsed and was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


“Fireman’s Job Switched, He Dies In Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 12, 1960.

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