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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Willems
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Engineer
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/5/1969
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Cerebrovascular accident/Stroke
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/5/1969
Incident Location [Unknown]
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On January 5, 1969, Chicago Fire Department Engineer Joseph J. Willems of Engine 56 suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the Engine 56 firehouse, shortly after returning to quarters following a fire on Lincoln Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Hospital

Funeral services for Willems were held at St. Timothy’s Church on January 8, and he was survived by his widow, two children, and two grandchildren.


“Obituary of Joseph J. Willems,” Chicago Tribune, January 7, 1969.

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