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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Glave
Agency Bloomington Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/15/1927
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Bloomington
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/15/1927
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 15, 1927, Bloomington Fire Department Captain William Glave died after suffering a fall while fighting a fire at 542 University Avenue.

Glave was ascending the home through an attic scuttle-hole of an upper room. He fell about eight feet to the ground from the attic but was able to get up and didn’t complain of an injury. Sometime later that day, he became sick and fainted at the central engine house and was taken to Brokaw Hospital. The initial cause of death was contested, either resulting from smoke inhalation or a ruptured blood vessel after the fall. The cause of death was later determined to be a hemorrhage in his lungs.

Glave served with the Bloomington Fire Department since 1903. He was appointed to Captain in 1922.


“Death Summons William Glave,” The Pantagraph, February 16, 1927.

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