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    Mower Accident Claims Illinois Firefighter

    Mower Accident Claims Illinois Firefighter

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    MARIA WAICKOWSKI
    Firehouse.Com News

    The Bourbonnais Fire Protection District in Bourbonnais, Illinois lost one of their members Saturday, April 26 when a firefighter was critically injured while mowing the fire station's lawn.

    Bruce Spaulding, 49, from Bourbonnais, died at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. He had served for the Bradley, Illinois Fire Department for 21 years prior to his retirement from Bradley. He had been a part-time employee of the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District since January 1, 2000. He had also been a Kankakee Area Career Center instructor, a vocational school that was made up of high school juniors and seniors, said Deputy Chief James Keener. Since the mid-1990s, he taught a two-year fire/rescue course at the career center.

    The lawn accident occurred when Spaulding was doing station duties, mowing the Armour Road station's lawn. Keener said that as a part of the fire station's part-time program, he was working a shift as an engineer.

    Spaulding was riding on the lawn mower when he hit a two step retaining wall. Both the lawnmower and Spaulding flew over the wall. He was thrown off of the lawnmower and went over the edge, down into the ditch and into a decorative stone. The lawnmower remained on the incline halfway between the embankment and the decorative stone. An autopsy is being performed today to gain more clarification about the situation, said Keener.

    Spaulding was first rushed to Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. After being evaluated he was then flown by helicopter to Loyola Medical Center. Spaulding was very well liked and will certainly be missed, said Deputy Chief Keener. Spaulding is survived by his widow Denise, children Becky and Brian and step children, Krista and Andrew.

    Visitation is Thursday at Schreffler Funeral Home at 1100 N. Convent, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. (815)929-1401. Visitation Hours are 2-8 p.m. A Firefighter walk-thru will be taken place at 8 p.m.

    Funeral services are Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 348 E. Merchant, Kankakee, IL. 60901. Visitation at the church will start at 9 a.m. until services. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens, 15 S. 3000E Road, Kankakee, IL. 60901. A meal will follow at Quality Inn and Suites, (Route 50) 800 N. Kinzie Avenue, Bradley, IL. 60915

    Memorials are set up for the following: Their children's education or Bourbonnais Fire Protection District

    Cards can be sent to: Denise Spaulding c/o Bourbonnais Fire Protection District 1080 Armour Road Bourbonnais, IL 60914 www.bourbonnaisfire.org


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    Spaulding, Bruce F

    Age: 49
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 04/26/2003
    Incident Time: 08:44
    Death Date: 04/26/2003

    Cause of Death: Fell or Jumped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Other
    Activity Type: Station Activity
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Bourbonnais Fire Protection District
    1080 Armour Rd.
    Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2102
    Chief: Ed St. Louis

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Spaulding was reportedly cutting the department's lawn in the area of an incline when he fell or the lawnmower he was on tipped over causing a head injury. Spaulding was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a regional medical center where a short time later he died. An autopsy is pending.

    Visitation:
    Thursday at Schreffler Funeral Home at 1100 N. Convent, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. (815) 929-1401. Visitation Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Firefighter walk-thru will be taken place at 8:00 p.m.

    Funeral:
    Funeral services are Friday at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul

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