Illinois Fire Service Institute


Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Bernard McDonough
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/30/1900
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 9/27/1900
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On September 27, 1900, Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Bernard “Barney” McDonough of Engine 49 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a residential fire at the intersection of 51st Street and Center Avenue. He was seriously injured when he was thrown from Engine 49 after it was struck by an electric street car on Ashland Avenue. McDonough was transported to Englewood Union Hospital, where he died from his injuries on September 30.


“Four Firemen Are Hurt,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 28, 1900.

“Victim of Collision is Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 2, 1900.

Firefighter and Incident Images

Firefighter and Incident Audio

No Audio for this Firefighter/Incident record


11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Driving Directions
Contact Us
Phone: (217) 333-3800
            (800) 437-5819
Fax: (217) 244-6790
Phone: (217) 333-8925
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Social Media

You are encouraged to use this site for individual educational purposes only; however copy and/or reprinting of any materials and photographs without authorization is strictly prohibited. Please obtain permission by contacting

© 2021 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois