|Agency||Hinsdale Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||9/20/2010|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||[Unknown]|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Post-incident , Training duties|
On September 20, 2010, Hinsdale Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Johnson died in the line of duty.
Johnson collapsed during physical fitness training exercises shortly after returning to the fire station following a medical emergency. Johnson was transported to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Funeral services for Johnson were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Clarendon Hills on September 24, and he was survived by his widow and son. Hundreds of firefighters attended the funeral services.
Johnson served with the Hinsdale Fire Department for 24 years, and was previously a member of the La Grange Park Fire Department. He joined the Hinsdale Fire Department in February 1986, was promoted to lieutenant in October 2001, became a captain in May 2003, and was promoted to deputy chief in May 2008. In 1988, he became one of the department’s first firefighter/paramedics.
Paul Biasco, “Hinsdale Fire Department deputy chief dies unexpectedly,” Daily Herald, September 21, 2010.
Margaret Ramirez, “Hinsdale deputy fire chief collapses during physical fitness training,” Chicago Tribune, September 22, 2010.
Sabrina Wu, “Hundreds Pay Respect to Hinsdale Deputy Chief Mark Johnson,” Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch, September 24, 2010.