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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Walter McGraw
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Engineer
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/28/1981
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/28/1981
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On September 28, 1981, Engineer Walter McGraw of Engine Company No. 8 of the Chicago Fire Department died from a heart attack after returning from a fire call.

As McGraw was preparing the engine for the next call, he complained of feeling ill and collapsed. Firefighters performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation before McGraw was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died.

McGraw became a member of the Department in 1975. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


Obituary of Walter McGraw, Chicago Tribune, September 29, 1981.

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