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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Home
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/3/1888
Cause of Death Struck by vehicle , Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/3/1888 22:0
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On October 3, 1888, Chicago Fire Department Driver Joseph R. Home of Engine 30 died in the line of duty while responding to a fire on Washtenaw Avenue. Around 10PM, Home was driving Engine 30 when the front wheels of the fire engine struck a switch in the streetcar tracks at the intersection of Ashland and Milwaukee Avenues. The engine turned suddenly, and Home was thrown into the street, where he was crushed by the engine wheels. He was transported to a nearby drugstore, where a doctor pronounced him dead.


“A City Fireman Crushed to Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 4, 1888.

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