It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter/paramedic Christopher Wheatley. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Chicago FD.
Years of Service: 10
Date of Incident: 08/09/2010
Time of Incident: 0030hrs
Date of Death: 08/09/2010
Chicago Fire Department
Department Address: 10 W 35TH ST, Floor 14, Chicago, IL 60616-3717
Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff
Fire Department Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cfd.html
Incident Description: Firefighter Wheatley was working a grease-chute fire at a restaurant when he fell approximately 35 feet from a ladder suffering fatal injuries while he was making his way up to the roof of the burning building with his equipment.
Incident Location: 615 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Wheatley at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 52 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010: 49 from incidents occurring in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/index.shtm