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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Ralph Crook
Agency Berwyn Fire Department
Rank Engineer
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 4/10/1912
Date of Death 8/5/1951
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firehouse duties

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Berwyn
Incident State IL
Incident Date 8/5/1951 4:30
Incident Location Firehouse
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On August 5, 1951, Berwyn Fire Department Engineer Ralph Crook suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty at the Engine 91 firehouse. Crook had just finished his scheduled night watch and was talking to his replacement on the apparatus floor when he began to have chest pains. Ambulance 95 responded from the Engine 92 firehouse on 16th Street, but efforts to revive Crook were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Berwyn Hospital. An eight-year veteran of the department, Crook was survived by his widow, Theresa, and two children, Catherine and Joseph.

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