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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Vaid
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/6/1938
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Ladder operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/6/1938
Incident Location Public assembly
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 6, 1938, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Thomas V. Vaid of Truck 7 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at Tuley High School on North Claremont Avenue. Fifty-seven fire companies responded to the 5-11 alarm fire, which started in the school’s biology laboratory and destroyed twenty-five other classrooms. Vaid was in an alley placing a ladder against the school when he was struck by bricks and debris that collapsed following an explosion on the building’s third floor.

Funeral services for Vaid were held at St. Genevieve Church on February 9, and he was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, parents, and four siblings.


“Fire and School Officials Open Inquiry in Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 7, 1938.

Obituary of Thomas V. Vaid, Chicago Daily Tribune, February 7, 1938.

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