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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

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.

Christopher Wheatley

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Classification: Career
Years of Service: 10
Date of Incident: 08/09/2010
Time of Incident: 0030hrs
Date of Death: 08/09/2010

Fire Department:
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:

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

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

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