|Agency||Oak Park Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||7/29/1992|
|Cause of Death||[Unknown]|
|Nature of Death||[Unknown]|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On July 29, 1992, Lieutenant Patrick Luby of the Oak Park Fire Department died in the line of duty.
Luby and four other firefighters were fighting a residential basement fire when Luby ordered an evacuation. When the firefighters realized that Luby had not followed them outside, they backtracked and found him unconscious at the foot of the basement stairs. Luby was transported to West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Funeral services for Luby were held at St. Edmund’s Church in Oak Park on August 1, and he was interred at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Firefighters from more than fifty fire departments attended the funeral proceedings.
Luby, who taught at Marist High School before joining the fire department in 1975, was survived by his widow and three children.
“Oak Park Loses a Firefighter,” Chicago Tribune, July 30, 1992.
“Oak Park Firefighter Dies in House Blaze,” Chicago Tribune, July 31, 1992.
“Firefighters Bury 15-Year Oak Park Veteran,” Chicago Tribune, August 2, 1992.