|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||46 to 50|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||6/4/1940|
|Cause of Death||Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||Asphyxiation|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Hazardous materials response|
On June 4, 1940, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Michael Moline died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Silverman Jobbing Company building on South Halsted Street. Nearly one-third of the department’s apparatus responded to the blaze, and Moline and other firefighters were operating hose lines from the roof of a neighboring one-story building when he was overcome by smoke and fumes from burning celluloid. Moline was carried from the roof and transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Funeral services for Moline were held at Blessed Agnes Church on June 8, and he was buried at St. Adalbert’s.
“Fumes from Celluloid Kill Fire Lieutenant in Spectacular Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 5, 1940.