|Agency||Vernon Fire Protection District|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||6/21/1971|
|Cause of Death||Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On June 21, 1971, Assistant Chief John Polimeni of the Vernon Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while responding to a fire in a vacant building. Polimeni was fatally injured when the fire truck he was riding overturned on Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove. Four other firefighters were injured in the accident.
The Vernon Fire Protection District is now known as the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District.
”Volunteer Fireman Dies, 4 Hurt in Truck Crash,” Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1971.