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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Willard Christoffer
Agency Western Springs Fire Department
Rank Recruit/Candidate/Probationary
Type of Firefighter Paid-On-Call (POC)
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/14/2001
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Aerial apparatus operations , Ladder operations , Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Western Springs
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/14/2001 20:10
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute Training accidents , Aerial apparatus accidents

Incident Summary

On May 14, 2001, Probationary Firefighter Willard Charles Christoffer of the Western Springs Fire Department died in the line of duty during a training exercise. Christoffer climbed a 105-foot aerial ladder for training purposes, but, as he was descending, he fell backward from the ladder from a height of about 65 feet. Christoffer was transported to the hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

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