|Agency||Monmouth Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||5/0/1868|
|Cause of Death||Struck by vehicle|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Responding to/returning from incident|
In May 1868, Firefighter Richard Perott of the Monmouth Fire Department died in the line of duty while responding to a fire. Perott was attempting to help pull the city’s fire engine when he fell under the apparatus and was fatally crushed by a wheel.
After a large fire destroyed more than ten buildings in Monmouth on January 14, 1868, the city purchased an H.C. Silsby & Co. fire engine. A public demonstration of the fire engine was held in Monmouth on May 21, 1868, and the incident in which Perott died occurred less than one week later.