I came across some photos in my collection recently. I’m not sure who I got them from or who took them. This was a 5-11 and 1 special at 1748 N Ashland on July 6, 1970. The next day, Snorkel 7 was operating on the ruins when a wall collapse occurred and struck the basket. Jack Walsh was killed. They later made this into a park but if fell into disrepair so the memorial marker was moved to engine 55’s house where it is now well cared for. These photos show the extent of the damage to the rig and gives us an idea what a horrible tragedy this was.
Who is the “big buggy” standing next to Commissioner Quinn and the very 70’s TV reporter?