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Firefighter Details

Name Kenneth Harris
Agency Oak Park Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 1/11/2016
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Berwyn
Incident State IL
Incident Date 1/11/2016
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute [Not applicable]

Incident Summary

On January 11, 2016, Oak Park Fire Department Firefighter Kenneth Harris died in the line of duty.

On the morning of January 11, Harris finished his 24 hour shift at the Oak Park Fire Department and then worked an additional 6 hours of fire prevention duties. Shortly after returning home, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Funeral services for Harris were held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norridge on January 18, and he was interred at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oak Brook Terrace. Harris had served as a firefighter for the Oak Park Fire Department for 28 years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, five children, and four grandchildren.

Citations:

Funeral Announcement for Kenneth Harris, January, 2016.

Steve Schering, “Oak Park mourns death of ‘fireman’s fireman’,” chicagotribune.com, January 13, 2016.

USFA Firefighter Fatality Report for Kenneth K. Harris, usfa.fema.gov, January 26, 2016.


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