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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Herman Peters
Agency Macomb Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 1/13/1871
Date of Death 7/31/1913
Cause of Death Fall , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Trauma , Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Macomb
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/31/1913 18:0
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On July 31, 1913, Firefighter Herman Peters of the Macomb Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a multi-building industrial fire at the Western Stoneware pottery factory.

Peters and two other firefighters were operating a hose line on the roof of a factory building when they felt the roof structure weaken. His visibility obscured as he moved toward the ladder, Peters stepped onto a glass skylight and was fatally injured when he fell into the burning building.

A resident of Macomb for only five or six months, Peters was employed by the Macomb Sheet Metal Works. Before moving to Macomb, he had served for four years with Hose Company #4 of the Peoria Fire Department. A native of Peoria, Peters was survived by his parents and six siblings.

Citations:

“Burned to Death in Fire which Destroyed Pottery,” Macomb Journal, August 1, 1913.


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