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Battalion Chief
Age: 48
Year of Death: 1946

Eugene T. Freemon

Battalion Chief Eugene T. Freemon, age 48, of the Chicago Fire Department died of smoke inhalation on June 5, 1946 while searching for victims in a fire at the LaSalle Hotel.

Freemon was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served from March 1943 to October 1945. He was cited for heroism during his two years of service, most of which he spent as the senior security officer at Pearl Harbor. In 1944, then Assistant Fire Marshal Freemon at Pearl Harbor received a commendation of Rear Admiral William R. Furlong, commandant of the Navy Yard, for his quick thinking in pushing a flaming depth charge from the deck of the U.S.S. Greer.  He was honorably discharged in October 1945 at he rank of Lieutenant.

In June 1943, while he was serving in the military, the Chicago Fire Department also promoted him to the rank of battalion chief. Freemon joined the department at the age of 26 and served the department for 22 years.

He was survived by his wife Anne and seven siblings including Mrs. Julia Cole, Mrs. Lillian Barbian, Mrs. Alice Lennan, Mrs. Anne McNamara, Mrs. Margaret Church, Miss Mayme Freemon, Captain Edward Freemon, of Engine Company 24, and Joseph Freemon. Mrs. Anne Freemon, who was ill at the time of her husband’s death, died a year and a half later.

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