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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Steven McNamee
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Recruit/Candidate/Probationary
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/24/1993
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/23/1993 8:30
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute Training accidents

Incident Summary

On November 23, 1993, Candidate Firefighter Steven McNamee of the Chicago Fire Department died in the line of duty during a training accident at the Chicago Fire Academy. Candidates had been taught the proper method for jumping from a building into an inflatable Life Cube and were practicing the technique by dropping thirteen feet into the device. Twenty-one candidate firefighters successfully completed the exercise, but McNamee was fatally injured during his jump, even though he landed within the Life Cube.

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