|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|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|
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.