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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name James Allen
Agency Morris Volunteer Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 21 to 25
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/18/1985
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation , Burns
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Morris
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/18/1985
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Explosions , Backdrafts , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 18, 1985, Firefighter James Allen of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department (now known as the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District) died in the line of duty while fighting a residential basement fire. Allen was leading the initial attack line and descending into the basement when a backdraft occurred. Allen suffered fatal injuries in the explosion.

The City of Morris memorialized Allen’s sacrifice with a statue in his likeness that was erected in Chapin Park.


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