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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edwin Ferris
Agency Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Fire Patrol
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 8/17/1878
Cause of Death Fall
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 8/6/1878
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute Firehouse accidents

Incident Summary

On August 6, 1878, Edwin F. Ferris of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol was fatally injured while on duty at the Patrol 2 firehouse. Ferris was sleeping on the building’s roof because of the intense summer heat when the firehouse received an alarm in the middle of the night. Drowsy and confused about his location, Ferris stepped through an open hay loft door and fell nearly twenty feet to the firehouse floor below. Ferris fractured his spine, and died from his injuries on August 17.

Funeral services for Ferris were held at the Patrol 2 firehouse on August 19, and he was interred at Graceland Cemetery.


“The Fire-Patrol,” Chicago Daily Tribune, August 18, 1878.

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