|Agency||Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||51 to 55|
|Date of Birth||4/19/1954|
|Date of Death||4/2/2009|
|Cause of Death||Stress/Overexertion|
|Nature of Death||Heart attack|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firehouse duties|
On April 1, 2009, Assistant Chief John Jeffers of the Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District became ill while on duty. After testing a fire hose and helping to reload it onto a fire engine, Jeffers reported feeling sick. He was taken home, where he suffered a fatal heart attack the following day.
Jeffers owned and operated Barney’s Garage in Wellington, and was also a farmer. Funeral services for Jeffers were held at the Wellington United Methodist Church on April 6, 2009, and he was buried at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.