IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name John Polimeni
Agency Vernon Fire Protection District
Rank Assistant Chief
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/21/1971
Cause of Death Thrown from vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Buffalo Grove
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/21/1971
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On June 21, 1971, Assistant Chief John Polimeni of the Vernon Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while responding to a fire in a vacant building. Polimeni was fatally injured when the fire truck he was riding overturned on Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove. Four other firefighters were injured in the accident.

The Vernon Fire Protection District is now known as the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District.


”Volunteer Fireman Dies, 4 Hurt in Truck Crash,” Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1971.

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