IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Frank Schnurstein
Agency Forest Park Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter [Unknown]
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/28/1969
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Fall
Nature of Death Trauma , Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Ladder operations , Search and rescue operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Forest Park
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/29/1969
Incident Location Residential , Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 28, 1969, Captain Frank Schnurstein of the Forest Park Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty.

Schnurstein was on the first fire truck that responded to a fire in a three-story building containing a store on the first floor and nineteen apartments on the second and third floors. Firefighters placed ladders to reach residents trapped on the upper floors, and Schnurstein climbed to the top of the building. He was stricken while at the top of the ladder, and fell backward, landing on the sidewalk three stories below.

Funeral services for Schnurstein were held at St. Bernadine Church on March 31, and he was interred at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, two children, and nine siblings.


“Suburb Fire Captain Dies in Rescue Effort,” Chicago Tribune, March 29, 1969.

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