IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Leland Johnston
Agency Rock Island Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/29/1960
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Rock Island
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/29/1960
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 29, 1960, Captain Leland Stanford Johnston of the Rock Island Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a warehouse fire.

A fire broke out at the Dolkoff Iron & Metal Company warehouse on 9th Street and 1st Avenue in Rock Island. The warehouse stored cardboard, baled paper, and loose paper. The contents of the fire produced dense smoke that limited much of the firefighters’ visibility. Captain Johnston was found unconscious on the ground outside an overhead door on the south side of the warehouse. Because the visibility was so low, no one saw Johnston collapse and they approximated that he may have been lying there as long as ten minutes. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Anthony’s hospital at 11:45 PM.

A 16-year veteran of the Rock Island Fire Department, Johnston served on the department’s station planning committee, was a past president for the International Association of Firefighters, Local No. 530, and was a first aid instructor for the Red Cross.

Johnston was survived by his widow and two children. Funeral services were held at Hodgson Funeral Home in Rock Island.

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