Lieutenant Estill B. Rickerson

Photo of Lieutenant Estill B. Rickerson
Last Call: Mon, Oct 4th, 1971
Date of Incident: Mon, Oct 4th, 1971
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Service Time: 21 years
Age: 40


Lt. Rickerson, age 40, suffered a heart attack after physically exerting himself during the Lexington Fire Department's annual Fire Prevention Parade. He had dressed up as a gorilla and walked/jogged the entire parade route in an attempt to help children learn about fire safety. Shortly after finishing the parade, Lt. Rickerson complained of not feeling well but still returned to duty at his fire station. While watching Engine Co. #9 back into the station, he collapsed and died despite efforts by nearby firefighters who witnessed the collapse.


Lexington Fire Department
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219 East 3rd Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
(859) 231-5600
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