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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Workman
Agency Springfield Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
Date of Birth 9/3/1884
Date of Death 7/5/1945
Cause of Death Fall , 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 7/5/1945 0:27
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On July 5, 1945, Firefighter Joseph O. Workman of the Springfield Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire on East Adams Street. Workman suffered a critical head injury when he fell off the back of Engine 1 near the intersection of Ninth and Monroe Streets. Workman was transported to St. John’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

A member of the department for more than twenty years, Workman was survived by his widow, one son, and two grandsons.


“City Fireman Killed in Fall from Engine,” Illinois State Register, July 5, 1945.

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