Annual Firefighter Memorial Service


  • 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019


Festival Building
2200 E Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

Firefighter Memorial Stone

About the Service

The 33rd annual East Peoria Fire Department's annual Firefighter Memorial Service honors the memory of the four East Peoria firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Those Fire Department members are:

  • Firefighter George E. Cornwell Sr. and Assistant Chief Marvin J. Stein, who both died January 28, 1959, during a fire at the Green Gables tavern on Meadow Avenue.
  • Captain Armando E. Ballerini, who died June 12, 1972, after having a heart attack at a fire scene.
  • Firefighter William A. Folmar, who died September 27, 1980, when he was hit by a vehicle while on the scene of an accident on Interstate 74's Murray Baker Bridge.

The memorial service include the fire department honor guard, music by the East Peoria Community High School Chorale and Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, a bell-ringing ceremony and the announcement of Fire Department employee awards. The service is open to the public.

The annual service is the Department's concluding event of its October Fire Prevention Week activities.