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Firefighter Details

Name William Miller
Agency Blue Mound Community Rural Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 21 to 25
Sex Male
Date of Birth 12/6/1983
Date of Death 10/13/2008
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency vehicle operations , Training duties , Water supply operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Blue Mound
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/13/2008 20:24
Incident Location Street/Road , Training ground
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents , Training accidents

Incident Summary

On October 13, 2008, Firefighter William Miller of the Blue Mound Community Rural Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty following a traffic accident during a training exercise.

Miller was driving a tanker truck during a rural water supply training exercise in which firefighters were carrying water from fire hydrants in Blue Mound to a rural drop site. During his second trip to the drop site, a civilian vehicle pulled into the road ahead of Miller’s tanker truck. Miller forcibly applied the brakes, and the tanker truck skidded for more than 400 feet before it overturned.

Miller was extricated from the overturned apparatus within 15 minutes of the accident, but he had already lost consciousness. Paramedics treated Miller at the scene, and he was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Miller were held at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, Illinois, on October 17, and he was interred at Welch Cemetery.

A member of the Blue Mound Community Rural Fire Protection District for two years, Miller was a professional truck driver and a member of the Blue Mound Lions Club.

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