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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas O'Shaughnessy
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/14/1880
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 9/11/1880 20:55
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On September 11, 1881, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Thomas O’Shaughnessy, an acting lieutenant for Engine 1, was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire on Polk Street. O’Shaughnessy was thrown from the hose cart he was driving when he made a sharp turn onto Market Street, and his right leg was crushed under the vehicle. He died from his injuries on October 14.


“The City,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 12, 1880.

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