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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Berneal Deady
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/22/1955
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/22/1955
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On July 22, 1955, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Berneal Deady of Truck 53 died after he was overcome by smoke and suffered a heart attack while fighting a fire at the Union Stockyards Swift Company.

The fire originated in a pile of paper cartons and was confined to the eighth floor of a building that was used as a smokehouse, and had few windows. Deady was overcome by smoke and stepped outside the building onto a fire escape where he collapsed. He was transported to Evangelical Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


“Fireman Dies Fighting Blaze in Stock Yards,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 23, 1955.

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