November 8, 1911 Lieutenant, Thomas S. Smith, age 68,
Hose Wagon # 16 – died instantly from his injures sustained from the hose wagon being struck by a street car. The streetcar dragged him several feet. Lieutenant Smith, one of IFD's first four black fire fighters, was en route to an alarm at 21st Street and Northwestern Avenue when the hose wagon was struck in the intersection of 16th Street and College Avenue.
He had retired in 1899 but was reinstated at his request a few months later.
Badge # 158
Driver at Hose Co. No. 9 in 1889 – 1893