IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name William Harrison
Agency Villa Grove Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 1/16/1923
Date of Death 8/8/1958
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Training duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Villa Grove
Incident State IL
Incident Date 8/7/1958 20:0
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , Training accidents

Incident Summary

On August 8, 1958, Firefighter William Dean Harrison, Jr., of the Village Grove Fire Department died in the line of duty following a training accident that occurred the previous day.

On August 7, Harrison was riding on the running board of a fire truck during a training exercise when he was struck by tree branches. Harrison was knocked under the rear wheels of the truck, and he suffered crushing injuries. He was transported to Jarman Memorial Hospital in Tuscola, where he died from his injuries the next morning.

Funeral services for Harrison were held at Villa Grove Baptist Church on August 10, and he was interred at Villa Grove Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, two children, five siblings, and his parents.


“Run Over by V.G. Fire Truck, Dies,” News-Gazette, August 9, 1958.

“Find Death Of Fireman Accidental,” News-Gazette, August 10, 1958.

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