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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edward Smith
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/20/1880
Cause of Death 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 6/20/1880 10:0
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On June 20, 1880, Chicago Fire Department Captain Edward Smith of Engine 5 was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire. Smith was injured when the hose cart he was driving overturned while turning from Jefferson Street onto Monroe Street. Smith died from his injuries later that day, and three other firefighters were also injured in the accident.

Funeral services for Smith were held at St. Patrick’s Church on June 22, and he was survived by his widow and five children.


“A Fireman Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 21, 1880.

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