|Agency||Hutsonville Township Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||1/28/1980|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Emergency vehicle operations , Responding to/returning from incident|
On January 28, 1980, Assistant Chief William Richard Dickey of the Hutsonville Township Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty.
At around 10:15PM, Dickey responded to a fire alarm. The first firefighter to arrive at the fire station, Dickey activated the fire siren, opened the apparatus bay doors, and started a fire truck. Minutes later, the other responding firefighters found him unconscious in the driver’s seat of the fire truck. Dickey was transported to Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Dickey had been a member of the Hutsonville Township Fire Department since November 1962.