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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Baynes
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/16/1919
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 12/15/1919
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On December 15, 1919, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter John Baynes of Truck 22 was fatally injured while responding to a fire on North Western Avenue. Truck 22 was traveling west on Winnemac Avenue when a streetcar crashed into it and overturned the fire truck. Baynes suffered a skull fracture and broken ribs when he and two other firefighters were pinned under the apparatus, and he died from his injuries the following day, December 16.


“Three Firemen Hurt as Truck Hits Street Car,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 15, 1919.

“City News in Brief,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 17, 1919.

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