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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John LeVoy
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/21/1950
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/19/1950
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

On April 21, 1950, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant John LeVoy of Engine 51 died from injuries he had suffered in the line of duty two days earlier. On April 19, LeVoy and three other firefighters were injured when an oil drum exploded during a coal shed fire on Perry Avenue. A fourteen year veteran of the department, LeVoy died at St. Bernard’s Hospital.


“Fire Lt. John LeVoy Dies of Injuries from Blast,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 22, 1950.

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