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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Wayne Turpin
Agency Fairmount-Vance Township Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Paid-On-Call (POC)
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 6/5/1938
Date of Death 12/1/1983
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 Fairmount
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/1/1983 12:30
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 1, 1983, Firefighter Wayne Turpin of the Fairmount-Vance Township Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire on East Vermilion Street. Turpin suffered a heart attack during firefighting operations. He was treated on-scene by other firefighters and transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Turpin were held on December 4, and he was interred at the Homer Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery. He was survived by his widow and two children.

A member of the fire department for more than twenty years, Turpin was the Vance Township Road Commissioner and the owner of Turpin Oil Company.


“Volunteer dies while fighting fire,” Commercial-News, December 2, 1983.

Obituary of Wayne Turpin, Commercial-News, December 2, 1983.

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