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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Fitzgerald
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/4/1902
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/4/1902
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Firehouse accidents

Incident Summary

On October 4, 1902, Chicago Fire Department Driver Thomas Parker Fitzgerald of Engine 67 died in the line of duty. Fitzgerald died when he fell while climbing down from the Engine 67 watchtower.

Fitzgerald had been a member of the Chicago Fire Department for more than thirty years, and was a veteran of the Great Chicago Fire and the World’s Columbian Exposition Fire.

Funeral services for Fitzgerald were held at St. Columbkille’s Church on October 7, and he was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery.


“Veteran of Great Fire Falls to Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 6, 1902.

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