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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Maurice O'Dea
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/21/1918
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/21/1918
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Firehouse accidents

Incident Summary

On November 21, 1918, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Maurice O’Dea of Engine 63 died in the line of duty when he fell through the fire pole hole at the Engine 63 firehouse.

Funeral services for O’Dea were held at Holy Angels Church on November 23, and he was interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.


“Hero of Stockyards Fire Dies of Injuries,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 22, 1918.

Obituary of Maurice O’Dea, Chicago Daily Tribune, November 23, 1918.

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