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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward Cudmore
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 21 to 25
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/9/1885
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/7/1885
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On December 7, 1885, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Edward F. Cudmore of Engine 11 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a warehouse fire. Cudmore was crushed by debris when a brick wall collapsed into the alley where he was operating a hose line. Cudmore was treated at Alexian Brothers Hospital, where he died from his injuries on December 9.

Funeral services for Cudmore were held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on December 12, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery.

“Cudmore’s Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 10, 1885.

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