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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Richard Sweeney
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/11/1877
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 1/11/1877
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On January 11, 1877, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Richard Sweeney of Engine 1 died in the line of duty when he was thrown from a hose cart while responding to a fire alarm.

Funeral services for Sweeney were held at St. Patrick’s Church on January 13.


“The City Hall,” Chicago Daily Tribune, Jan. 13, 1877.

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