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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Maloney
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/3/1894
Cause of Death Caught/Trapped
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Drowning
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/3/1894
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On September 3, 1894, Chicago Fire Department Driver James Maloney of Engine 28 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at a lumber yard on Throop Street. Maloney drowned when he fell into Samson’s Slip. Firefighters on the fireboat Geyser heard Maloney fall and immediately began search and rescue operations, but he drowned before he could be pulled from the water.


“Drowned while Fighting a Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 4, 1894.

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