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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Fred Witarowsky
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 8/23/1936
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
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 8/23/1936
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On August 23, 1936, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Fred Witarowsky of Engine 109 died in the line of duty while responding to a rubbish fire at the intersection of 28th Street and Trumbull Avenue. Witarowsky was thrown from his fire engine when it collided with a streetcar at the intersection of 25th Street and Trumbull Avenue. The fire engine approached the intersection from the north on Trumbull Avenue, and the streetcar was traveling west on 25th Street, and the streetcar driver later stated that he never heard the fire engine’s siren. The engine swiped the front of the streetcar, then swerved onto the curb and struck the brick wall of a store. Witarowsky, a twenty year veteran of the department, died immediately, and three firefighters suffered serious injuries.


“Fireman Killed, 2 Hurt as Truck Hits Street Car,” Chicago Daily Tribune, August 24, 1936.

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