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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Spencer
Agency Quincy Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 2/17/1937
Date of Death 4/14/1991
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Quincy
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/14/1991
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

John Spencer was born February 17, 1937. He joined the Quincy Fire Department on May 1, 1969 and wore badge #35. “Spence,” as he was often called, was assigned to Engine #2 out of Central Fire Station. His character was described with words like, “easy-going, positive, dedicated, happy-go-lucky, tireless worker, and meticulous.” John was a man you could depend on.

On April 14, 1991, an alarm came in for a house fire at 725 N. 5th Street. Firefighter Spencer was a member of one of the initial companies to respond to the blaze. The crews arrived within minutes and fought and extinguished the fire. During overhaul operations, the strain and exertion took its toll and Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack.

Spencer was 54 years old and was a 21-year veteran of the fire department. He was survived by his wife, his mother, and his son.

Summary by James Pioch, Quincy Fire Department.


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