CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 63Capt. Thomas Purtell

Capt. Thomas Purtell

Killed in the Line of Duty January 19,1932

Fire Company Engine 51
Cause of Death Heart Attack
At Fire Box Number
Incident Type Cellar Fire
Incident Location 1550 Teakwood Ave

Purtell was attempting to kick in the cellar widows of a house on fire when he staggered backwards and collapsed. The Life Saving Sqad was summoned. Members of the squad along with Dr Edward Dulle, a volunteer member, and Marshal Harry Gasselbracht worked on Purtell for a half an hour with a pulmotor, but were unable to revive him. Purtell was 61.