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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Daniel Heartt
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 21 to 25
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/7/1866
Cause of Death Vehicle collision
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 6/7/1866 1:0
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On June 7, 1866, Chicago Fire Department Driver Daniel Heartt of Engine 8 died in the line of duty while responding to the Metropolitan Hall fire. Heartt was driving the steam fire engine “Economy” when it was struck by a Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad train at the railroad crossing located on State Street between 15th and 16th Streets. Heartt and the horses pulling the engine were killed in the collision, and six firefighters riding in the wagon were injured.

Funeral services for Heartt were held on June 9.


“The Railroad Collision on State Street,” Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1866.

“Funeral of Daniel Heartt,” Chicago Tribune, June 11, 1866.

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