IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Walter Patmon
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 11/11/2012
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties , Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 11/11/2012
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute

Incident Summary

On November 11, 2012, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr. of Truck Company 40, died in the line of duty when he suffered a heart attack while at his assigned firehouse.

Hours prior to his collapse, Patmon had responded to a small kitchen fire in the 1500 block of West 99th Street. After returning to the station, he experienced shortness of breath while cleaning equipment. Patmon was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Funeral services for Patmon were held at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago and he was interred at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip. He was survived by his widow and three children.

Patmon was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department who joined at department at age 43. Truck Company 40 dedicated the apparatus he drove to his memory.


“Wife of fallen firefighter: ‘It’s always in God’s hands,’” Chicago Tribune, November 12, 2012.

“Services set for firefighter,” Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2012.

Eric Horng, “Funeral held for firefighter Walter Patmon Jr.,” www.abclocal.go.com/wls, November 21, 2012.

Jon Seidel, “Mourners gather for veteran firefighter Walter Patmon’s funeral,” SouthtownStar, November 21, 2012.

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