|Agency||Carbondale Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||41 to 45|
|Date of Birth||8/22/1960|
|Date of Death||8/11/2006|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Cerebrovascular accident/Stroke|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Post-incident|
On August 11, 2006, Firefighter Dana MacCrimmon of the Carbondale Fire Department died in the line of duty after becoming ill while on duty the previous night.
Shortly before 11PM on August 10, MacCrimmon and other Carbondale firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a residential board and care facility. After returning to the fire station, MacCrimmon, who had felt ill throughout her shift, reported that she was suffering severe head pains. MacCrimmon lost consciousness as firefighters transported her to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and she died the following afternoon, having suffered a stroke.
Funeral services for MacCrimmon were held at the Carbondale Civic Center on August 16, and hundreds of firefighters paid tribute to MacCrimmon during the proceedings.
The City of Carbondale named MacCrimmon Employee of the Month for February 2005 and Employee of the Year for 2005, and she was remembered as an active instructor and coordinator for the Carbondale Fire Department’s fire prevention program. MacCrimmon was also the Director of the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children, a free, weeklong camp held annually at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center at Southern Illinois University for children from Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. Before joining the Carbondale Fire Department in 1998, MacCrimmon had served for three years with the Makanda Township Fire Department.
Jason Lee, “Decorated Carbondale firefighter dies at 45,” The Southern, August 13, 2006.
Jason Lee, “Carbondale lays one of its finest to rest,” The Southern, August 17, 2006.