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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Schroeder
Agency Danville Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/1/1936
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Ladder operations , Ventilation operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Danville
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/1/1936 9:34
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On November 1, 1936, Firefighter William Schroeder of the Danville Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a fire on North Jackson Street.

Firefighters received an alarm for the house fire at 9:34AM, and Schroeder drove an aerial apparatus that responded to the fire. Schroeder became ill while he was on a ladder contributing to ventilation operations with an axe, so he descended the ladder to rest on the running board of the aerial truck. He soon collapsed and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A member of the Danville Fire Department for sixteen years, Schroeder was also a veteran of World War I.


“Fireman of City Stricken while Battling Blaze,” Commercial-News, November 2, 1936.

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