Battalion Chief John Spellman

June 1, 1967

Written by 100Clubillinois

On June 1, 1967, Battalion Chief John P. Spellman of Chicago Fire Department Battalion 7, died in the line of duty during a multi-structure fire near the intersection of 17th Street and South Racine Avenue. The fire started in a garage, but quickly spread to two adjacent apartment buildings. After arriving on scene, Spellman was helping firefighters from Truck 5 place a ground ladder when the aluminum ladder hit high tension wires. Spellman was electrocuted and collapsed. 

Battalion Chief Spellman was survived by his wife and five children.

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