|Agency||Madison Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||56 to 60|
|Date of Birth||5/9/1912|
|Date of Death||1/25/1973|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Post-incident|
On January 25, 1973, Madison Fire Department Firefighter Peter Macek suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty shortly after returning from fighting a fire in a railroad box car near the Owens Illinois Company plant near Second and State Streets in Madison. Macek had returned to the fire station following the fire when he was stricken by the heart attack. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Macek was a secretary with the Madison Fire Company and worked as a custodian for the City of Madison for 14 years. He was survived by his widow and two sons.
Macek’s funeral was held at the Nativity of Virgin Mary Eastern Orthodox Church in Madison, and he was buried at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Edwardsville.