IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Howard Strube
Agency Canton Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 9/5/1963
Date of Death 9/7/1997
Cause of Death Caught/Trapped
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death Equipment failure
Type of Duty Aerial apparatus operations , Ladder operations , Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Canton
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/7/1997 15:0
Incident Location Training ground
Incident Attribute Training accidents , Aerial apparatus accidents

Incident Summary

Firefighter Howard E. Strube Jr, died on September 7, 1997, at the age of 34. Strube was appointed as a probationary firefighter for the Canton Fire Department on June 8, 1995. He completed his probation one year later and was permanently appointed as a career firefighter.

In late August of 1997, the Canton Fire Department accepted delivery of a new 100’ platform truck. Members of the department had anxiously awaited the delivery of the truck, which replaced a 50 year old, 85’ straight ladder truck. After delivery, department members were instructed in its use and began to practice driving and operating the apparatus. During the same time period, small tools and other firefighter equipment were being located and mounted to the truck.

Shortly before 3 PM on September 7, 1997, Strube and other firefighters were in the parking lot behind the Central Fire Station practicing apparatus operations. Strube was serving as the safety person and was located on the platform at the base of the ladder. As the ladder was being retracted by personnel in the bucket at the top of the ladder, Strube somehow became entrapped in the ladder. On duty firefighters provided immediate basic life support and paramedics arrived moments later to assist. Strube was rushed to Graham Hospital, but died of his injuries. Strube was survived by his wife and three sons.

Summary by John Stanko, Canton Fire Department

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