- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - Elgin firefighters tossed a wreath into the Fox River and saluted the memory of two men who drowned rescuing a man from the river in 1974.

The (Elgin) Courier-News reports (https://trib.in/1Q9Fk5e) about 20 firefighters gathered at the Kimball Street Dam to remember Elgin Fire Department Capt. Stan Balsis and firefighter Michael Whalen who were caught in turbulent water.

At 5:01 p.m. - the time the alarm sounded - retired firefighters Larry Judkins and Frank Craig Eadler threw a wreath of flowers into the river.

The 45-year-old Balsis and the 25-year-old Whalen fell out of their boat during the rescue attempt and were trapped in the churning water at the base of the dam.

Officials say the city has more advanced equipment for rescues today.

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