IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Donald Grubor
Agency Lewistown Fire Protection District
Rank Deputy Chief
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 1/12/1966
Date of Death 3/22/2008
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Ipava
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/21/2008 21:16
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On March 22, 2008, Deputy Chief Donald Lee Grubor of the Lewistown Fire Protection District died in the line of duty shortly after fighting a residential fire.

Grubor responded with the Lewistown Fire Protection District to a mutual aid fire in Ipava on March 21, and he returned home just after midnight on March 22. Grubor suffered a heart attack a short time later, and he was transported to Mason District Hospital in Havana, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 2:52AM.

Funeral services for Grubor were held at Lewistown United Methodist Church on March 26, and he was interred at Waterford Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, one daughter, three grandchildren, and his parents.

Grubor was a twenty-one year veteran of the Lewistown Fire Protection District, joining as soon as he was eligible at the age of twenty-one. In 1995, he was chosen as the department’s Firefighter of Year.


“Lewistown deputy fire chief mourned by all,” Peoria Journal Star, March 25, 2008.

“He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Peoria Journal Star, March 27, 2008.

“Lewistown Firefighter Grubor laid to rest,” Daily Ledger, March 28, 2008.

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