|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Rank||Paramedic/ Emergency Medical Technician|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||31 to 35|
|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|
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.