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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Jesse Edwards
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Paramedic/ Emergency Medical Technician
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/12/1973
Cause of Death Struck by vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Ambulance operations , Emergency medical care

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/12/1973
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On November 12, 1973, Jesse Edwards, a civilian paramedic serving on a Chicago Fire Department ambulance, died in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. The ambulance had responded to an alarm for a woman who had collapsed from chest pains, and Edwards and the other paramedics had just placed the woman in the back of the ambulance when the drunk driver crashed into them. Edwards suffered severe injuries and was transported to Billings Hospital where he died during surgery.


James Elsner and Joe Monrang, “Car rams crowd behind ambulance; 1 dies, 6 hurt,” Chicago Tribune, November 13, 1973.

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