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Burr Ridge in DuPage County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Bruno F. Shustek

Shustek Pond

Bruno F. Shustek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Bacon, March 3, 2017
1. Bruno F. Shustek Marker
Inscription.  Bruno F. Shustek
Sept 10, 1899 - July 6, 1930
Shustek Pond
In honor of Bruno F. Shustek, who gave his life attempting a daring midair rescue of parachutist Mary Fahrney, just northwest of this site, on July 6, 1930.

This pond was officially named Shustek Pond by the United States Board on Geographic Names on April 9, 2015.
Erected 2015.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: HeroesNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is July 6, 1930.
Location. 41° 45.664′ N, 87° 55.096′ W. Marker is in Burr Ridge, Illinois, in DuPage County. Marker is on Veterans Blvd. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7075 Veterans Blvd, Willowbrook IL 60527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Get Your "Chicks" on Rte 66 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket (approx. 1˝ miles away); This was "Countryside" (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ben Fuller House (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Indian Boundary Line
Marker Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Dan Farnham, 2015
2. Marker Unveiling
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(approx. 5 miles away); Masonic Temple (approx. 5.1 miles away); Main Street Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Farmer's and Merchant's Bank Building (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Regarding Bruno F. Shustek. According to news stories, 20-year-old Mary Fahrney was going parachuting when her chute got caught on the plane wing during her jump. She was dangling from the wing for hours before Schustek, a former German pilot during World War I, attempted to rescue her by climbing down a knotted rope from another plane in mid-flight. He was able to free her chute, allowing Fahrney to land safely, but he lost his grip on the rope afterwards and fell to his death. Schustek was buried in an Elmhurst cemetery, but his grave marker was lost.
Additional keywords. Route 66
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2017, by Richard Bacon of Orland park, Illinois. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on March 3, 2017, by Richard Bacon of Orland park, Illinois.   2. submitted on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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