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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Gart
Agency Gurnee Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/14/1932
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
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 Gurnee
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/14/1932
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On February 14, 1932, Firefighter John Gart of the Gurnee Fire Department died in the line of duty when he was thrown from a fire truck while responding to a brush fire. A five year volunteer with the department, Gart suffered severe skull fractures in the accident, and died several hours later during emergency surgery at St. Therese Hospital. Gart, who worked full-time as a hardware store clerk, had fractured his arm several years prior to the accident, an injury that fellow firefighters retrospectively suggested had deprived him of his full strength and ability to adequately hold onto the moving fire truck.


“Gurnee Fireman Killed in Fall,” Waukegan News-Sun, February 15, 1932.

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