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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Patrick O'Neill
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/23/1899
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/23/1899 3:0
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 23, 1899, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Patrick F. O’Neill of Engine 49 died in the line of duty while fighting a warehouse fire at Broadway and Center Avenue. O’Neill was crushed to death when a wall collapsed.

Shortly after 3AM, the fire was discovered on the ground floor of the eight-story brick warehouse partially occupied by Swift & Co. Strong winds contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, and more than thirty-five fire companies responded to the 4-11 fire alarm.


“Fireman Dies at His Post,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 23, 1899.

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