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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Henry Wallbaum
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/4/1892
Cause of Death Vehicle collision , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/3/1892 18:30
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 3, 1892, Chicago Fire Department Driver Henry Wallbaum of Engine 3 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a 4-11 alarm industrial fire on West 18th Street.

Wallbaum was killed when Engine 3 was struck by a passenger train while crossing the Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad tracks on Morgan Street. He was thrown from Engine 3 and suffered a skull fracture and various internal injuries. Wallbaum was transported to Cook County Hospital, where he died from his injuries on October 4.


“Fire Costs One Life,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 4, 1892.

“Fire amid Oils,” Daily Inter Ocean, October 4, 1892.

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