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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Donald R. Wilson
Agency Herrick Fire Department
Rank Assistant Chief
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 9/26/1949
Date of Death 3/6/2000
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , SCBA operations , Ventilation operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Herrick
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/6/2000 13:55
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 6, 2000, Assistant Chief Donald Wilson of the Herrick Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire.

Wilson drove Engine 1 to the scene of the fire and, after stretching a hoseline and extinguishing some exterior flames, he climbed to the roof of the attached garage to ventilate the structure. After cutting a hole in the roof with an axe, Wilson collapsed. He was transported to Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Wilson were held at Herrick Baptist Chuch on March 10, and he was interred at Myers Cemetery.

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