Aurora, IL - Woolworth Fire Memorial (Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10 AM)

On January 11, 1934 the Aurora Fire Department suffered its most devastating loss in history.
 
Three firefighters: Captain Herbert L. Reiss, age 37 of No. 4 company, Captain John Petersohn, age 48 of No. 5 Company, and Firefighter Charles Hoffman age 35 of No. 5 Company answered their last alarm when an exterior wall tumbled down on them at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store located at 19 - 21 Broadway Street.
 
The Aurora Fire Department will commemorate the 82nd Anniversary of the tragic fire at the Woolworth 5 & 10 Cents Store in downtown Aurora with a special Wreath Laying Ceremony. It will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM between 19-21 S. Broadway in Aurora, IL.
 
 
Each year, the Aurora Fire Department hosts a ceremony in their honor. The public is invited to attend.
 
For more information, see News Release below.
 
NEWS RELEASE
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Contacts:
AFD Lt. Craig Mateski | cmateski@aurora-il.org 
AFD Lt. Jim Rhodes | jrhodes@aurora-il.org 
 
AURORA FIREFIGHTERS COMMEMORATE
HISTORIC WOOLWORTH FIRE
Aurora's Woolworth Fire Memorial dedicated in 2006
(Aurora, Ill) - The Aurora Fire Department will commemorate the 82nd Anniversary of the tragic fire at the Woolworth 5 & 10 Cents Store in downtown Aurora.  
 
A special Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. between 19-21 S. Broadway.
 
The Aurora Fire Department suffered its most devastating loss in history on January 11, 1934 at Aurora's popular downtown Woolworth Store. Three firefighters - Captain Herbert L. Reiss, Captain John Petersohn and Firefighter Charles Hoffman - tragically lost their lives battling the fire when an exterior wall collapsed. 
 
Each year, the Aurora Fire Department hosts a ceremony in their honor. The public is invited to attend. 
ABOUT THE CITY OF AURORA
Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city's website at www.aurora-il.org.
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