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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Hubbard
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pilot
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/7/1904
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/7/1904 12:0
Incident Location Water/Waterfront
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 7, 1904, Chicago Fire Department Pilot John Hubbard of Engine 37 died in the line of duty while piloting the fireboat Illinois on the Chicago River.

The fireboat responded to a fire at a six-story distillery located on the river between Michigan Avenue and St. Clair Street, and Hubbard was fatally injured when a charged hose broke and wrapped itself around his neck. He died on the boat, before he could be taken to a hospital.


“Blame Enemies for Fire” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 8, 1904.

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