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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name David Burke
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/7/1892
Cause of Death 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 10/7/1892
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 7, Chicago Fire Department Truckman David J. Burke of Truck 8 died in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm on Archer Avenue. Burke was thrown from the fire wagon he was driving when the front wheels struck a curb while turning at an intersection. Burke attempted to jump back into his seat, but he was caught under the back wheels of the wagon and crushed. He was transported to his home, where he died from his severe injuries.


“Crushed by Heavy Wagon,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 8, 1892.

“Fireman David Burke Killed,” Daily Inter Ocean, October 8, 1892.

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