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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Harry Lambe
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/31/1914
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 5/31/1914 11:20
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On May 31, 1914, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Harry H. Lambe of Engine 70 died in the line of duty when he was thrown from Engine 70 while responding to a fire alarm. Due to the absence of the regular driver, Lambe was driving Engine 70 to the fire when the front wheel of the engine struck a hole on Montrose Avenue. Lambe was thrown from the vehicle and crushed by two of the fire engine’s wheels. He was transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Lambe was survived by his widow and six children.


“Rut in Montrose Avenue Causes Death of Fireman: Harry Lamb Shaken from Seat on Fire Engine by Hole in Pavement and Crushed Under Wheels,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 1, 1914.

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