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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Bogan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/14/1938
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 12/15/1937
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , False alarms

Incident Summary

On December 15, 1937, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Joseph H. Bogan of Truck 26 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a false alarm. Bogan was positioned on Truck 26’s running board, and was crushed between the truck and a trolley pole when the apparatus skidded off the road during a sharp turn. He was treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on January 14, 1938.

Funeral services for Bogan were held at Resurrection Church on January 17, and he was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, two children, and two siblings.


“Fireman’s Death in Crash Blamed on False Alarm,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 15, 1938.

“City Will Pay $200 For Information on False Fire Alarms,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 16, 1938.

Obituary of Joseph H. Bogan, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 16, 1938.

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