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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Droegemueller
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/26/1905
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/26/1905
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On June 26, 1905, Chicago Fire Department Truckman William A. Droegemueller of Truck 7 died in the line of duty while responding to a residential fire on Monroe Street. Droegemueller was thrown from Truck 7 when it overturned after colliding with an electric streetcar at the intersection of Wood and Lake Streets. Droegemueller, who was at the truck’s tiller, died instantly from a fractured skull, and two other firefighters suffered serious injuries.


“Killed in a Collision; Fireman Knocked from Truck by Electric Car,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 27, 1905.

“Brave Firemen are Honored,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 7, 1905.

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