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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Burns
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/14/1899
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 1/10/1899
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On January 10, 1899, Chicago Fire Department Truckman John S. Burns of Truck 1 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire alarm. He was injured when the chemical engine on which he was riding overturned at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Pacific Avenue. He died from his injuries at Cook County Hospital on January 14.


“Fireman J.S. Burns Dies,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 15, 1899.

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