Firefighter Memorial Ceremony
September 26, 2013
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the Palatine Fire Department will be hosting a memorial ceremony to recognize the service and sacrifice of Palatine volunteer Firefighters Wesley Comfort Jr. and Leonard Nebel.
On October 1, 1946, two volunteer firefighters from the Palatine Fire Department were fatally injured in the line of duty while responding to a fire when their fire truck collided with a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad passenger train. The fire engine was destroyed in the collision, and the vehicle was dragged for nearly 100 feet.
Firefighter Leonard Nebel died at the scene and was survived by his widow and five children. Wesley Comfort, Jr., son of the fire chief, was treated at Palatine Community Hospital until succumbing to his injuries on October 5, - “Volunteer Fire Truck Strikes Train; 1 Killed,” Chicago Daily Tribune, October 2, 1946.
The memorial ceremony will be held at the Palatine Firefighter’s Memorial at the corner of N. Brockway and W. Slade Streets in downtown Palatine, IL. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM and include a procession of the Palatine Fire Department Honor Guard, a wreath presentation, and ringing of the ceremonial fire bell. The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.