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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Andrew Dwyer
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/1/1898
Cause of Death Struck by 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 4/1/1898
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On April 1, 1898, Truckman Andrew Dwyer of Hook and Ladder Company No. 15 of the Chicago Fire Department suffered from injuries received by being run over by the truck of his company while responding to an alarm.

Dwyer responded to the alarm with his company even though he was off duty at the time. When attempting to board the rear of his truck as it passed down Cottage Grove Avenue, he missed his footing and was thrown to the ground. Dwyer was unconscious when found and later succumbed to his injuries.

He served with the Department for almost thirteen years and was survived by his widow and children.


”Fireman Killed on Day Off,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 2, 1898.

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