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    Illinois Firefighter Dies Battling House Fire

    Illinois Firefighter Dies Battling House Fire

    The Herald-Review
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    HERRICK, Ill (March 7) -- A Herrick volunteer firefighter died while fighting a blaze Monday afternoon.

    Don Wilson, 50, was on the roof at a residential fire in rural Herrick when he collapsed.

    "He was on a flat roof, and it looked like he just laid down," said Herrick Fire Chief Floyd White. "He had just finished with the roof."

    Shelby County Coroner Brian Greeen said Wilson was pronounced dead at Shelby Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not been determined, Green said.

    Wilson was a 15-year member of the department. His wife, Yvonne, and son, Brooks, also are members of the department.

    "The all love the fire department, and they serve." White said. "Don loved his family, his motorcycle and fighting fires."

    White, a 31-year veteran of the department, said this was the first fire tragedy he had seen.

    "I guess there's a first time, but I wish this hadn't been it," he said.


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    Wilson, Donald R.

    Age: 50
    Rank: Assistant Chief
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 03/06/2000
    Incident Time: 13:30
    Death Date: 03/06/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Ventilation
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Herrick Fire Protection District
    P.O. Box 18
    Herrick, Illinois 62431
    Chief: Floyd White

    Final Summary:
    Assistant Chief Wilson was on the roof of a residence that was involved in fire. The fire started when a garbage fire extended through brush to a house. He had just chopped a hole in the roof to determine if the fire had spread to the attic. He was seen lying on the roof. Firefighters found that Assistant Chief Wilson had suffered a heart attack. Despite their efforts, Assistant Chief Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.



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