Chief Corrigan Marks Anniversary
Fire Commissioner Michael Corrigan, Chicago, and Mrs. Corrigan went to see a performance of “Aida” on the opening night of the present Chicago opera season. But to them it was more than a musical enjoyment. It marked the anniversary of a disaster that he prevented twenty years ago.
At that time he was a Battalion Chief. The auditorium was filled with 3,700 persons who came to hear Galli-Curci. He was standing in the rear when he saw a slight flare under a row of middle seats. He ran down the aisle and heard a fuse sputtering. He pushed some people away, and had a time with a woman who resented his intrusion.
He picked up a bomb, caught its fuse near the cap and snuffed it out. Wrapping his coat around the bomb, he rushed out of the auditorium with it. GalliCurci sensed that something was wrong and sang the “Star Spangled Banner” to quiet the audience. Chief Corrigan mounted the stage, and said that some one had dropped a lighted cigarette. The opera continued.
For this act of bravery he was awarded the Lambert Tree medal, which he again won in 1927.