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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Peter Hoenig
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 7/11/1914
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Burns , Electrocution
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/11/1914
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Electrical hazards , Fires

Incident Summary

On July 11, 1914, Chicago Fire Department Truckman Peter J. Hoenig of Truck 14 died in the line of duty while fighting a barn fire on South Racine Avenue. Hoenig suffered electrical burns when he was struck by a live wire that had broken from the heat of the barn fire. Three other firefighters were burned by the wire, and Hoenig was transported to Columbus Extension Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was survived by his widow and two children.


“In Memoriam: He Died In the Discharge of His Duty,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 12, 1914.

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