Born on January 21, 1928, Samuel L. Taylor, Sr. served the citizens of Winthrop Harbor for over 22 years. Joining the department in 1959, Taylor brought many skills and enthusiasm to his fellow members.
On October 29, 1981, while on the scene of a residential fire, Taylor suffered a major heart attack. Attempts to revive him at the scene by his fellow firefighters were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after, at age 53.
In the 60 year history of the department, Samuel L. Taylor Sr. has been the only firefighter to die in the line of duty. Over 30 area fire departments and 200 firefighters participated in the fire department funeral.
Taylor’s helmet still rests in the corridor of the fire stations, as a reminder to all when duty calls.