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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Martin Lacey
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Battalion Chief
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/8/1916
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
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 11/8/1916 19:0
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 8, 1916, 11th Battalion Chief Martin J. Lacey of the Chicago Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm. Lacey’s car overturned at the intersection of Halsted and Root Streets after it swerved to avoid colliding with an Armour and Company wagon. Lacey suffered a skull fracture, and was transported to Englewood Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Lacey originally joined the department in 1885, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1889, to captain in 1893, and to battalion chief in 1908.


“Martin Lacey, Fire Chief, Dies as Car Capsizes,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 9, 1916.

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