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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Gary Cummins
Agency Brocton Fire Protection District
Rank Assistant Chief
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 12/14/1948
Date of Death 10/31/2010
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Embarrass Township
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/31/2010 21:10
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On October 31, 2010, Assistant Chief Gary L. Cummins of the Brocton Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty.

As the Truck Engineer for Engine 1, Cummins was among the first firefighters to respond to a residential fire on East 1400th Road in Embarrass Township. After arriving at the residence, Cummins lost consciousness while positioning Engine 1 on the fireground, and the vehicle left the road and drove into a ditch. Cummins was treated at the scene and transported to Paris Community Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Cummins were held at Krabel Funeral Home on November 6, and he was interred at Embarrass Cemetery. He was survived by two sons and one grandson.

A lifelong resident of Brocton, Cummins worked as the Embarrass Township Road Commissioner and was a member of the Brocton Fire Protection District for 41 years.


Sarah Schmidt, “Brocton firefighter dies at scene of fire,” Paris Beacon-News, November 1, 2010.

Sarah Schmidt, “Firefighter’s death ‘due to natural causes’,” Paris Beacon-News, November 3, 2010.

Obituary of Gary Lowell Cummins, Paris Beacon-News, November 3, 2010.

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