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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Daniel Dare
Agency Avon Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 6/18/1958
Date of Death 2/2/2011
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Responding to/returning from incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Avon
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/1/2011 20:30
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On February 2, 2011, Firefighter Daniel Charles Dare of the Avon Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty.

At 8:30PM on February 1, 2011, Dare responded under blizzard conditions to an emergency medical call in Greenbush. While traveling to the fire station in Avon, Dare’s vehicle slid off the road and into a ditch. Dare attempted to dig out the vehicle on his own, but eventually another firefighter towed the vehicle out of the ditch with a tractor. Upon returning to his rural home, Dare went into cardiac arrest. His wife attempted to drive him to the fire station for medical assistance, but she also experienced severe weather hazards on the road, and had to be towed into Avon by the same firefighter with the tractor. Advanced medical personnel were unable to reach Avon due to the blizzard, and efforts by volunteer first responders to revive Dare at the fire station were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 1AM on February 2.

Funeral services for Dare were held at Abingdon United Methodist Church on February 5. A farmer and semi-truck driver, Dare was survived by his widow and two children.


Chris Essig, “Avon first responder dies in line of duty,” Register-Mail, February 3, 2011.

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