Chicago, IL Construction Accident, June 1925

FIRE CAPTAIN KILLED TRYING TO SAVE HIS MEN.

Chicago, Ill., June 16. -- (UP) -- Three men were overcome by gas and killed in a caisson being driven for a new building today.
The dead:
WILLIAM SIKORA, 45, captain of the fire department.
Two unidentified laborers.
Five men were working in the caisson when the drills struck a gas pocket. Three men clambered to safety. Two dropped to the floor of the pit overcome by the gas.
SIKORA was gassed while trying to rescue the two workmen. Arriving with an emergency pulmotor squad of the fire department, he climbed into the pit at once. Before he could reach the bodies of the workmen SIKORA fell to the floor unconscious and died.

Sterling Daily Gazette Illinois 1925-06-16