|Agency||Tri-Township Fire Protection District|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||7/31/1911|
|Date of Death||1/19/1967|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On January 19, 1967, Chief Edward Hagerbaumer of the Tri-Township Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a field fire at a farm in Ellington Township.
At 12:50PM, Hagerbaumer responded to the fire with three other members of the Tri-Township Fire Protection District. After battling flames among corn stalks, grass, and brush for nearly two hours, Hagerbaumer became ill. At around 2:30PM, he was driven to St. Mary Hospital by Tri-Township Fire Protection District Trustee Wilbur Mohrman. He was unconscious upon arrival at the hospital, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Funeral services for Hagerbaumer were held at St. Peter Catholic Church on January 23, and he was survived by his widow, six children, one grandchild, and two sisters. Firefighters from the Quincy Fire Department covered the Tri-Township Fire Protection District station during the funeral so that all of the members of the district could attend the services.
A lifelong resident of Quincy, Hagerbaumer joined the Tri-Township Fire Protection District in 1942, and was promoted to the position of Fire Chief in 1957. Hagerbaumer farmed on his days off, and he was remembered as a dedicated chief who worked hard to upgrade the district’s fire apparatus and equipment. At the time of his death, the four-member district operated a 500-gallon pumper truck and a 500-gallon tanker truck.
“Ed Hagerbaumer dies fighting grass fire,” Herald-Whig, January 20, 1967.