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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Raymond Ballow
Agency Peoria Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 9/27/1888
Date of Death 12/22/1936
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 Peoria
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/22/1936 21:55
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

Raymond G. Ballow, a member of Engine Co. 3, died at the fire station at 151 Main Street at 9:55 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 1936. Just minutes before his untimely death, Engine 3 battled a truck fire just around the corner from Station 3 in the 100 block of South Sheridan Road. After returning to quarters, firefighter Ballow complained of feeling faint and decided to go to bed. Minutes later another firefighter heard Ballow gasping for air and immediately called for a doctor. Unfortunately, by the time Dr. E. C. Burhans arrived at the firehouse, Ballow was dead from a heart attack.

Ray Ballow, 48, was a 15-year veteran of the Peoria Fire Department and resided at the Reinhart Hotel at 625 South Adams Street. Born September 27, 1888, in Bicknell, IN, Ray was survives by his sister, Mrs. A. P. Threlkeld of Bicknell. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, December 24, at the Gauss Mortuary Chapel in Peoria. Following the memorial service, Hoseman Ballow’s body was sent to Bicknell, Indiana, where final funeral services were conducted.

Summary by Marty Baker and Doug Brignall, Peoria Fire Department

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