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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Butler
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 6/20/1952
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
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 6/20/1952
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Attic fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On June 20, 1952, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant William P. Butler of Engine 112 suffered a heart attack after he was overcome by smoke while fighting a fire on Argyle Street. Butler was in relief command of Inhalator Squad 4 when he responded to the fire, and he joined firefighters in attacking an attic fire with hand pumps. Butler collapsed when he exited the structure to call for a hose line, and he was transported to Ravenswood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


“Fireman Dies Fighting Blaze; Smoke Victim,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 21, 1952.

“Continue Inquest in Smoke Death of Fire Lieutenant,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 22, 1952.

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