Chief Coyle of Omaha, Dead

Chief Coyle of Omaha, Dead

John T. Coyle, head of the fire department in Omaha, Neb., died at the St. Catherine Hospital following an operation to remove a cancer and tumor from a kidney. He died while preparations were being made to give him a blood transfusion in an effort to save his life. Doctors believe that the cancer that troubled the chief developed from injuries received while fighting fires.

He was injured in 1898 in a fire, and in 1903 was seriously injured sliding down a fire pole. He was overcome by gas in a store fire in 1909 and received other injuries during his long service in the department.

Chief Coyle was fifty-nine years old. He was appointed to the fire force January 31, 1895 and was promoted to lieutenant March 1, 1898; captain December 1, 1899; captain second class, December 1, 1904; first class, December 1, 1909; second assistant chief, June 1, 1915 and head of the department, August 2, 1927.

Chief Coyle is survived by his widow and two sisters residing in Omaha.

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