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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Cornelius McGuire
Agency Springfield Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/15/1918
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Springfield
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/15/1918 14:45
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On March 15, 1918, Firefighter Cornelius McGuire of the Springfield Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a grass fire on Holmes Avenue.

McGuire was fatally injured when the pumper truck on which he was riding was driven off the road at the intersection of Spring Street and South Grand Avenue to avoid colliding with a hook and ladder truck that was responding to the same fire.

McGuire was transported to St. John’s Hospital, but he died before reaching the hospital. Four other firefighters were injured in the accident.

A member of the department for ten years, McGuire was survived by his widow and six children.


“Veteran Fire Fighter Dies in Collision,” Illinois State Register, March 16, 1918.

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