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Firefighter Details

Name Michael Palumbo
Agency New Lenox Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/13/1980
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City New Lenox
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/5/1980 22:30
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On September 5, 1980, Firefighter Michael Palumbo of the New Lenox Fire Protection District was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a traffic accident. Palumbo responded to the alarm from his home and was reporting to Station 2 in his personal-owned vehicle, but the vehicle overturned at the intersection of North Cooper Street and Francis Road. Palumbo was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, where he succumbed to his injuries on September 13.

Palumbo joined the New Lenox Fire Protection District in January 1975, and served as the engineer and apparatus operator for Engine 105. He was a full-time employee of the Ford Motor Company, and was also enrolled in fire science courses at Joliet Junior College.

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