IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Gene Anderson
Agency Danville Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 2/19/1927
Date of Death 8/11/1976
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Danville
Incident State IL
Incident Date 8/11/1976
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On August 11, 1976, Lieutenant Gene “Andy” Anderson of the Danville Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire at the northwest corner of North Vermilion and Voorhees Streets.

Anderson responded to the fire in command of firefighters from Station #3. After the fire was successfully extinguished, Anderson and three other firefighters set up a temporary light plant outside of the house to provide light during salvage and overhaul operations. Anderson soon returned to the second floor of the house, where he collapsed from a fatal heart attack. Firefighters immediately performed CPR on Anderson, and he was transported to Lakeview Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Anderson had been a member of the Danville Fire Department since November 1, 1956.

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