|Agency||New Lenox Fire Protection District|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||31 to 35|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||9/13/1980|
|Cause of Death||Thrown from vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
On September 5, 1980, Firefighter Michael Palumbo of the New Lenox Fire Protection District was fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a traffic accident. Palumbo responded to the alarm from his home and was reporting to Station 2 in his personal-owned vehicle, but the vehicle overturned at the intersection of North Cooper Street and Francis Road. Palumbo was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, where he succumbed to his injuries on September 13.
Palumbo joined the New Lenox Fire Protection District in January 1975, and served as the engineer and apparatus operator for Engine 105. He was a full-time employee of the Ford Motor Company, and was also enrolled in fire science courses at Joliet Junior College.