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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Flynn
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/12/1911
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Electrocution
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/12/1911
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Electrical hazards , Fires

Incident Summary

On October 12, 1911, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman John Flynn of Engine 55 died in the line of duty while fighting a barn fire on Lincoln Avenue. Flynn was electrocuted inside the burning barn when live electrical wires fell from the ceiling and coiled around his neck. He was transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. A thirty year veteran of the department, Flynn had previously served on the fireboats Yosemite and Geyser.


“Try to Restore Life to Fireman,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 13, 1911.

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