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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Richard Perott
Agency Monmouth Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/0/1868
Cause of Death Struck by 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 Monmouth
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/0/1868
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

In May 1868, Firefighter Richard Perott of the Monmouth Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire. Perott was attempting to help pull the city’s fire engine when he fell under the apparatus and was fatally crushed by a wheel.

After a large fire destroyed more than ten buildings in Monmouth on January 14, 1868, the city purchased an H.C. Silsby & Co. fire engine. A public demonstration of the fire engine was held in Monmouth on May 21, 1868, and the incident in which Perott died occurred less than one week later.

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