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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Liesz
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/16/1986
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 6/15/1986
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On June 15, 1986, Lieutenant Robert Liesz of the Chicago Fire Department was fatally injured when he was struck by an air conditioner that fell out of a burning apartment building. Liesz was stationed outside the building when the fire burned through a windowsill on the building's third floor, leaving the air conditioner without any support. Liesz died the following day while undergoing surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital.


“Mass Planned for Firefighter Killed On Duty,” Chicago Tribune, June 18, 1986.

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