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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Patrick Keeley
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/9/1902
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/8/1902
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 8, 1902, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Patrick Keeley of Engine 1 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting an industrial fire on North Canal Street. Five firefighters became stranded on a third-story fire escape while fighting the fire, and water streams from hoses at the street level were unsuccessful in pushing back the flames and smoke that trapped the firefighters, so Keeley climbed up a thirty-foot ladder with a hose line. When he reached the top of the ladder, Keeley was knocked off balance when he was struck by a stream of water from a hose down on the street. Keeley fell thirty feet to the street below, and was transported to Cook County Hospital. He died from his injuries the next morning, April 9.


“Fireman Loses His Life,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 9, 1902.

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