Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the 23rd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony today at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. The service honors the men and women who have died in the line of duty while protecting the people of Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD — A ceremony in the state’s capital Tuesday honored a Medora Fire Protection District chief who died Feb. 5, 2015, after being hit by a fire truck.
Kenneth J. Lehr, who was 59 when he died, was honored at the 23rd annual Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony at Prairie Capital Convention Center as one of four firefighters who died in the line of duty.
“Every day, Illinois firefighters put themselves in harm’s way and their lives on the line to protect the people of Illinois,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said. “Unfortunately, some of these brave men and women pay the ultimate sacrifice. It’s important to remember and honor these fallen heroes to ensure they are never forgotten.”
Medora firefighters were responding to a medical emergency Feb. 5, 2015, on Illinois 111 in the rural Chesterfield area and were closing the road for a helicopter to land. Lehr was hit by a fire truck as it was backing up.
Other firefighters honored were:
- Daniel V. Capuano – Chicago Fire Department firefighter and paramedic
- Fidel G. Serrano Jr. – Chicago Fire Department firefighter and paramedic
- Mark Zielinski, Sr. – Matteson Fire Department firefighter and paramedic
The Illinois Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to the firefighters of Illinois who have died in the line of duty, and to the firefighters who bravely serve each day protecting the lives and property of Illinois residents.