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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Gotkowski
Agency Tinley Park Volunteer Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/1/2000
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Ventilation operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Tinley Park
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/1/2000 16:30
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On October 1, 2000, Captain Thomas G. Gotkowski of the Tinley Park Volunteer Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty.

Gotkowski became ill while he and other firefighters helped the police department ventilate a condominium in which a dead body had remained undiscovered for two weeks. Gotkowski was treated by paramedics on the scene, and he was transported to Palos Community Hospital, where he died in the emergency room.

Funeral services for Gotkowski were held at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church on October 4, and he was survived by his widow and three children.


Patricia Trebe, “Firefighter dies after answering Tinley call,” Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2000.

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