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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Hanlan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Driver
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/5/1881
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 1/5/1881 9:45
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On January 5, 1881, Chicago Fire Department Driver John A. Hanlan of Engine 25 died in the line of duty while responding to a fire. Hanlan was driving a hose cart on West Twelfth Avenue when he toppled forward out of the cart and was crushed under the right wheel. The captain riding next to Hanlan reported that the driver may have lost consciousness before his fall.

Funeral services for Hanlan, a Civil War veteran, were held on January 7, and he was survived by his widow and two children.


“The Coroner’s Labors,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 6, 1883.

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