One of the pleasures of reading is imagining the characters and settings of a story in your own mind. Since Fire Angels is a work of historical fiction based upon a real event, here are some photos of the fire and the actual people who became characters in my novel.
Left to right: Sister Clare Therese; Sister Seraphica; Sister Canice; Sister Andrienne; Sister Geraldita; Monsignor Joseph Cussen, pastor of Our Lady of the Angels; Jim Raymond, janitor.
L to R: Father Joe Ognibene; The kid's teacher, Pearl Tristano; Family Court Judge Alfred J. Cilella; Archbishop Albert Meyer; Monsignor William McManus, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese; Firefighter Stanley Wojnicki, Firefighter Joe Murray.
Scenes from the fire. Far right: Firefighter Dick Scheidt carrying the body of ten-year-old John Jajkowski from the burning building.
L to r: A young burn victim; Doctor Louis Dvonch; Doctor Jim Segraves; families circled in prayer at the hospital; a mother comforting her injured son.
L to r: A young girl in the hospital; victims in the Cook County morgue; the service for the victims in the Chicago Armory; nuns mourning the loss of their own at a service in Our Lady of the Angels church .
L to r: The front page of the Chicago American on December 5, 1958; Mayor Daley's blue ribbon panel being sworn in before the inquest; the new Our Lady of the Angels school that opened in 1960.
L to r: John E. Reid, inventor of the modern polygraph; Floyd Starr, founder of Starr Commonwealth; the suspected arsonist with his adoptive father.
Photo Credits: Chicago Tribune, The Chicago American, www://olafire.com, Steve Lasker for the photo of Dick Scheidt and John Jajkowski