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Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Firefighters at the funeral of one of the three Palatine firefighters killed in the Ben Franklin fire.
Firefighters at the funeral of one of the three Palatine firefighters killed in the Ben Franklin fire.
Daily Herald file photo / 1973
Palatine firefighters carry the casket of one of their three fallen firefighters who died fighting the Ben Franklin store fire on February 23, 1973.
Palatine firefighters carry the casket of one of their three fallen firefighters who died fighting the Ben Franklin store fire on February 23, 1973.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin remove one of the victims of the fatal fire.
Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin remove one of the victims of the fatal fire.
Daily Herald file photo / 1973
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin fire. Three Palatine firefighters were killed in that fire.
Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin fire. Three Palatine firefighters were killed in that fire.
Daily Herald file photo / 1973
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Firefighters comfort one of their own after he learned of the death of his son in Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973
Firefighters comfort one of their own after he learned of the death of his son in Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.
Photo Courtesy of John Tobin
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