Incident Date: January 28, 1961
Department: Chicago Fire Department (Illinois)
Number of Line-of-Duty Deaths: 9
On January 28, 1961, nine Chicago firefighters were killed and fifteen injured when the wall of a burning warehouse collapsed onto the roof of a neighboring building where crews were operating. While rescue efforts were underway, the roof collapsed, further trapping and entombing firefighters. Temperatures hovered near zero, hampering rescue efforts and operations.
Killed in the Collapse
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Memorial Monday is established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered through information located about the firefighter and their sacrifice.