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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Emil Lenhart
Agency Downers Grove Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Part-time (paid)
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/29/1907
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Downers Grove
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/29/1907
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On November 29, 1907, Driver Emil Lenhart of the Downers Grove Fire Department died in the line of duty. Lenhart suffered fatal burn injuries when the livery stable that housed the fire department horses caught fire. Eight horses were also killed in the fire.


"Man and Horses Perish in Fire," Chciago Daily Tribune, November 30, 1907.

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