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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name George Winckler
Agency Naperville Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 12/23/1942
Date of Death 10/18/1991
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Naperville
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/18/1991 14:40
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On October 18, 1991, Lieutenant George Winckler of the Naperville Fire Department died in the line of duty during a training exercise. Winckler, who had been with the department since 1965, suffered a heart attack during a live burn training exercise at the department’s training tower. About ten minutes into the exercise, Winckler exited the tower and collapsed. The other firefighters immediately started CPR and called an ambulance, and Winckler was taken to Edward Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On October 22, 1991, Winckler’s funeral was held at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Naperville. More than 100 fire apparatus from neighboring departments took part in the funeral procession, in which Winckler’s casket was carried in an antique fire truck to SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.


“Naperville Firefighter dies during training,” Daily Herald [DuPage County, Ill.], October 19, 1991.

“Naperville, comrades honor Fire Lt. George C. Winckler,” Naperville Sun, October 23, 1991.

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