The Palatine Fire Department is hosting a memorial ceremony Tuesday to honor the sacrifice of two Palatine volunteer firefighters who died while on duty.
On October 1, 1946, Wesley Comfort Jr. and Leonard Nebel were fatally injured when responding to a fire when their fire truck was truck by a Chicago &Northwestern Railroad passenger train. Their fire engine was destroyed in the crash and dragged nearly 100 feet.
Nebel died at the scene. Comfort, who was the son of the Palatine Fire Chief, was taken to Palatine Community Hospital, and died from his injuries on October 5.
The ceremony will be held at the Palatine Firefighter’s Memorial Tuesday, October 1, at the corner of north Brockway and west Slade streets in downtown Palatine.
It will begin at 9 a.m., and include a procession of the Palatine Fire Department Honor Guard, a wreath presentation and a ringing of the ceremonial fire bell.
The ceremony is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.