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Herbert T. Johnson


Captain Johnson and his engine company crew were dispatched along with other firefighters to a report of a structure fire in a 2-1/2 story wood frame residential structure. The first unit on the scene, a battalion chief, reported a working fire and found conditions on the first and second floors clear with fire on the second floor of an enclosed porch to the rear. Captain Johnson and his unit arrived on the scene there were reports from an arriving ladder company of fire visible from the attic. Captain Johnson and his crew secured a water supply and advanced a hoseline to the second floor. Fire conditions changed rapidly and the fire overcame Captain Johnson’s position. Other firefighters were able to remove Captain Johnson from the structure and bring him to the street. Captain Johnson was transported by fire department ambulance to the hospital. He died at 1845hrs as a result of asphyxiation (smoke inhalation). Incident Location: 2315 W. 50th Place, Chicago, IL (USNG: 16T DM 4330 2799)
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Herbert T. Johnson was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Chicago Fire Department
3510 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 2
USNG: 16T DM 4822 3118
Chicago, Illinois 60653

Chief: Fire Commissioner José A. Santiago

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Age: 54
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: November 2, 2012 17:31
Date of death: November 2, 2012
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: December 12, 2013