IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Bernard Pestle
Agency Rock Island Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/6/1964
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Rock Island
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/6/1964
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 6, 1964, Firefighter Bernard Leroy Pestle of the Rock Island Fire Department died in the line of duty.

Pestle became ill while fighting a fire at 539 12th St. in Rock Island. He returned to the station and was taken by squad car to St. Anthony’s Hospital. Pestle died in the emergency room about a half hour after arriving. Hospital staff’s attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 4:40 PM. His cause of death was determined to be a heart attack.

Pestle was a member of the Rock Island Fire Department for eight years. He was survived by his widow, son, and stepdaughter.

Funeral services were held at Wheelan Funeral Home and St. Joseph’s Church and Pestle was buried at Rock Island National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal.

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