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Man dies after setting himself on fire outside Wal-Mart
February 27, 2009
Sun-Times News Group
A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee set himself on fire Thursday night outside the west suburban store where he worked and later died of his injuries.
“I can’t take it anymore,” the man told a police officer on the scene, said Randy Sater, a watch commander with the Bloomingdale Police Department.
“People tried to help this guy but he didn’t want any part of it,” Sater said.“His motive was he wanted to die. It’s just tragic.”
Sater said the man used lighter fluid to set himself on fire near a sporting goods store that is adjacent to the Wal-Mart where he worked, 314 West Army Trail Rd. His car was found in the parking lot.
Police were called about 10 p.m. The man worked the overnight shift at the store, Sater said.
Sater said a crowd of about 10 people, mostly teenagers leaving nearby chain restaurants, tried to help, offering their coats so he could put out the fire. He told them he didn’t want any help.
The man’s family, who lives in Carol Stream, were notified, Sater said. The man was first taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and then transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
He was pronounced dead there at 12:42 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office reported.
Sater said this incident was something that was going to stay with witnesses for a long time.
“I can’t even put it into words for somebody taking their life in this fashion,” he said.“The pain, it’s just incredible.”
the employee was told to quit smoking or get fired ..
illinois just passed a statewide public smoking ban
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