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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Joseph Zumwalt
Agency Sheldon District Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/6/2007
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Sheldon
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/6/2007 10:40
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On May 6, 2007, Firefighter Bruce Joseph Zumwalt of the Sheldon District Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a farm machine storage shed fire.

The shed was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on scene, so firefighters positioned themselves to protect an exposure structure. Zumwalt collapsed after operating a hose line outside of the shed for around twenty minutes. Zumwalt was treated at the scene, in an ambulance, and at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

A member of the fire department for twenty-two years, Zumwalt was a commercial pilot who operated his own crop dusting business.

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