An Illinois firefighter with the Western Springs Fire Department died in a training accident Monday evening.

Willard Christoffer, 54, a paid-on-call probationary firefighter with the department only six months, fell approximately 65 feet from an aerial ladder during department training taking place in a shopping center parking lot.

Christoffer, who had completed his preliminary training last week and was participating in a regularly scheduled department exercise, had ascended to the top of a fully extended aerial ladder at 105 feet. He was on his way back down when he fell and landed on the turntable of the ladder truck.

Paramedics on the scene immediately treated and transported Christoffer to the Loyola Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Christoffer was an industrial hygienist for a firm in Downers Grove. He is survived by his wife Lucy and two small children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Western Springs FD serves a population of about 12,400 with eight paid and 38 paid-on-call firefighters. The town is just west of Chicago.