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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Timothy Cronin
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 11/1/1954
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/28/1954
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 28, 1954, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Timothy J. Cronin of Truck 22 was fatally injured when he was thrown from a fire truck while responding to a fire. The fire truck was struck by another vehicle at an intersection, and the driver was later charged with running a red light, failing to yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle, and reckless driving. Cronin died from his injuries four days later at Ravenswood Hospital.

A funeral service was held November 4, 1954, and he was survived by his widow, two sons, both parents, two brothers and a sister.


“Skidding Auto Hurls Mother, Son, 4, to Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 2, 1954.

Obituary of Timothy J. Cronin, Chicago Daily Tribune, November 3, 1954.

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