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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name David Brown
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/21/1956
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/21/1956
Incident Location Water/Waterfront
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On July 21, 1956, Chicago Fire Department Captain David O. Brown suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty as the commander of the fire boat Fred A. Busse. He had been a member of the department for 29 years.

Funeral services for Brown were held on July 24 at St. Maurice’s Church, and he was survived by his widow, four sons, two daughters, and two brothers.


“Capt. David O. Brown, 56, Dies on Fire Boat Busse,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 22, 1956.

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