Palatine Fire Department honors two fallen volunteer firefighters
The Palatine Fire Department gathered Tuesday morning to recognize the service and sacrifice of two fallen volunteer firefighters.
Wesley Comfort Jr. and Leonard Nebel died after a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad passenger train struck their fire truck while en route to a blaze Oct. 1, 1946.
The collision destroyed the engine and caused the vehicle to be dragged for nearly 100 feet.
Nebel, who died at the scene, was survived by his widow and five children. Comfort, the son of the fire chief, was treated at Palatine Community Hospital until succumbing to his injuries four days later.
The annual memorial ceremony took place at the Palatine Firefighter's Memorial at the Brockway and Slade streets. It included a procession of the Palatine Fire Department Honor Guard, a wreath presentation and ringing of the ceremonial fire bell.
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