Archive for December 14th, 2015

Chicago FD LODD Firefighter Dan Capuano, 12-14-15 (more)

This from From Bob Daluga,

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Whiting FD history

This from Wayne Stuart:

Looks like a late 40’s very early 50’s Maxim from the Whiting Indiana F.D.
from the collection of wayne stuart
vintage Maxim fire engine from Whiting Indiana

Wayne Stuart collection

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Chicago FD LODD Firefighter Dan Capuano, 12-14-15

Chicago firefighters responded to an industrial building fire in the 9200 block of S. Baltimore overnight (12/14/15). A Mayday Alert was issued with a Still & Box Alarm and EMS Plan I for a firefighter that fell through a hole in the floor. The firefighter was rescued and transported to Christ Hospital Code Red.

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Firefighters responded to a fire in a three-story structure in the 9200-block of South Baltimore Avenue around 2:40 a.m. Monday. The building was reportedly under construction and there were several holes in the floor. While battling the blaze, a firefighter fell through one of those holes.

… a Mayday was sent out and the firefighter was found a short time later. First responders [Paramedics] performed CPR at the scene and rushed the firefighter to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition.

Officials said the fire started on the second floor of the building and was extinguished by around 3:45 a.m.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago stated that the firefighter from Tower Ladder 34  was making a search on the second floor and fell down an open elevator shaft to the basement. They quickly made access to the basement and he was transported by Ambulance 22 to Christ Hospital where he died.


15-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department is dead after falling down an elevator shaft while battling a warehouse fire in South Chicago, according to officials on Monday morning.

The firefighter has been identifed as Dan Capuano, 42.  He was the father of three children.

Capuano was injured about 20 minutes after crews were called to a vacant warehouse at 92nd and Baltimore about 2:40 a.m., according to WGN-TV reports.

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