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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Burleigh
Agency Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Rank Chief
Type of Firefighter [Unknown]
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/1910
Date of Death 2/7/1954
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Zion
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/6/1954
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On February 7th, 1954, Chief Robert Burleigh of the Fox Lake Fire Protection District died in the line of duty.

On February 6th, a two-block section in the business district of Zion, Illinois, was ravaged by a fire. Firefighters from almost forty communities helped in a four hour long fight.

Chief Burleigh, an active fireman for 27 years, suffered a heart attack after he returned home, which was attributed to exertion. He died around 2:30 a.m. on February 7th.

Burleigh was survived by a widow and one son.


“Zion Fire Causes Loss of Million,” Monroe Evening Times, February 8, 1954.

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