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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Rohde
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/1/1914
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/1/1914
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On January 1, 1914, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter William Rohde of Engine 25 died in the line of duty. Rohde fell asleep at the firehouse after returning from a fire, but did not wake up when the company received another fire alarm. Captain E. M. Sweeney attempted to awaken Rohde, but found that he had died in his sleep.


“Alarm Finds Fireman Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 2, 1914.

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