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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Frank Freberg
Agency Highland Park Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 1/21/1907
Date of Death 1/12/1956
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Highland Park
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/12/1956 18:15
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On January 12, 1956, Lieutenant Frank Freberg, a thirteen year veteran of the Highland Park Fire Department, suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire on Leslie Lane. Freberg collapsed as he and two other firefighters were operating a hose line on the roof of the garage attached to the burning house. On-scene efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was transported to Highland Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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