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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward Phelan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/28/1914
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/25/1914
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On December 25, 1914, Chicago Fire Department Captain Edward Phelan of Truck 29 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire on North Cicero Avenue. Phelan suffered a skull fracture when Truck 29 was struck by a streetcar at the intersection of Lake Street and Waller Avenue. Phelan was treated at St. Anne’s Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on December 28.


“Blaze Breaks Up Holiday Feast; 3 Firemen Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 26, 1914.

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