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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Gallagher
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/27/1908
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/27/1908 4:30
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On January 27, 1908, Chicago Fire Department Truckman James Gallagher of Truck 1 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire in the Mayer Building on West Adams Street. Gallagher was killed when a wall collapsed, and it took firefighters nearly twelve hours to recover his body from the debris. The fire destroyed the Mayer Building and the Hotel Florence, and several other buildings sustained damage.


“Two Fires In Same Building; Fireman’s Body Found,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 28, 1908.

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