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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Danaher
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/5/1982
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation , Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Search and rescue operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/5/1982
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 5, 1982, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Robert Danaher of Hook and Ladder Company 52 died in the line of duty while operating at a house fire. A nineteen year veteran, Danaher was one of the first firefighters to enter the burning house, helping to carry out a woman in a wheelchair. Believing there were more people trapped in the house, Danaher and another firefighter reentered the burning building, where Danaher collapsed from smoke inhalation and suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


“Veteran firefighter collapses, dies,” Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1982.

Sam Smith, “Doing the job he loved, fireman die a hero,” Chicago Tribune, March 8, 1982.

“Funeral for a firefighting hero,” Chicago Tribune, March 10, 1982.

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