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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Conway
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/22/1881
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/21/1881 19:0
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On January 21, 1881, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman James F. Conway of Engine 18 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a furniture factory fire on South Canal Street. Conway was among twenty firefighters who were injured when an outer wall of the three-story brick factory collapsed on several fire companies during firefighting operations.

Conway’s severe injuries were treated by a doctor at a nearby drugstore, and he was transported to his home, where he died on January 22. Conway, who was born in Ireland, was survived by his widow.


“Brick Veneering,” Chicago Daily Tribune, January 22, 1883.

Obituary of James Conway, Chicago Daily Tribune, January 23, 1883.

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