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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas S. Fitzgerald
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/22/1936
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Electrocution
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/22/1936
Incident Location [Unknown]
Incident Attribute Electrical hazards , Fires

Incident Summary

On July 22, 1936, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Thomas S. Fitzgerald of Engine 53 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire on West 46th Street. Fitzgerald was electrocuted when he stepped on a high tension electrical wire that was submerged in a puddle of standing water. He was not wearing rubber boots.

Funeral services for Fitzgerald were held on July 25, 1936 at St. Charles Church, and he was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery. He was survived by his father and five siblings.


“Fireman Electrocuted Accidentally, Jury Finds,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 23, 1936.

Obituary of Thomas S. Fitzgerald, Chicago Daily Tribune, July 24, 1936.

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