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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Frederick Esch
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/29/1938
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Hose operations , Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/18/1938
Incident Location [Unknown]
Incident Attribute Training accidents

Incident Summary

On May 18, 1938, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Fred Esch of Engine 110 was fatally injured in the line of duty during a training exercise. Esch was operating a hose and shutoff pipe when the nozzle of the charged line whipped out of his hands and forcefully struck him, fracturing his right leg. Esch was treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital, and received two blood transfusions from fellow firefighters, but he died from internal hemorrhages on May 29. He was survived by his widow and four daughters.


Obituary of Fred Esch, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 30, 1938.

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