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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Cleary
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/13/1904
Cause of Death Fall
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 11/12/1904 22:45
Incident Location Water/Waterfront
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On November 12, 1904, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman William Cleary of Engine 10 was fatally injured while fighting a fire aboard the freight steamer Gordon Campbell, which was docked at Chicago’s south pier. Cleary fractured his skull when he fell through a hatchway into the boat’s hold. Cleary was transported to Samaritan Hospital, but he died from his injuries the following day, November 13.


“Firemen Injured in Vessel Fire,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 13, 1904.

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