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    Wisconsin Assistant Chief Collapses

    Wisconsin Assistant Chief Collapses

    Firehouse.Com News

    The North Lake, Wisconsin Volunteer Fire Department lost their assistant chief Thursday when he collapsed while at a neighboring station.

    Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kilpatrick, 58, a veteran of over 30 years, was on stand-by with Chief Terry Stapleton at the Stone Bank FD while it and other departments fought a five-alarm fire at an unfinished condominium development in downtown Okauchee.

    An ambulance with three EMTs from Lisbon FD, also on standby, rushed to the aid of Kilpatrick and he was transported to Oconomowoc Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    According to Training Officer Bill McBroom, Kilpatrick had recently retired from the Naga-Waukee Golf Club where he was head of maintenance. He is survived by his wife and three adult children.

    McBroom said Kilpatrick received his initial firefighter training in the military. He was fond of telling how his honeymoon hotel became a free stay after he helped put out a kitchen fire while there.

    The department is west of Milwaukee.

    Funeral Information

    The visitation is Monday, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the Evert-Luko Funeral Home in Hartland. The funeral will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare's Church in North Lake.

    The North Lake FD has asked that any department that would like to send a piece of apparatus to the funeral service meet at the North Lake Firehouse by 9:00 a.m. Any units that come for the funeral will be parked side by side along the procession route with lights on.

    The church is close to the firehouse so those bringing rigs will have plenty of time to get back to their rigs to light them up. There will also be time allowed for those who want to go to the cemetery which is a mile away.

    For directions, E-mail Bill McBroom at or call 262-966-3886.

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    Local Firefighter Dies

    The Lake Country Firefighting and Rescue community lost one of its heroes yesterday(October 7th). Mike Kilpatrick, Assistant Chief, North Lake Volunteer Fire Department died of what was thought to be a heart attack on Thursday. Mike, along with members of the North Lake, Stone Bank, Lake Country, Delafield, Chenequa, Oconomowoc, Okauchee, Hartland and Merton Departments responded to the call of mutual aid for the fire that destroyed the new condos and the old St. Joan of Arc Church in Okauchee. After North Lake members returned to base they were called out again to help Stone Bank - another mutual aid call. It was there that Mike collapsed, and in spite of the fact that Emergency Med Techs were there in seconds, and did everything in their power, Mike died. Mike was a devoted husband to Marge (Fleming),loving father and grandfather. He was a respected and well liked member of the fire department, and was a member for over 30 years, with the last 23 years spent as assistant chief. Services will be from 3 to 8 P.M. Monday, October 11 at the Luko-Evert Funeral Home in Hartland, and at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at St. Clare Church in North Lake. For more information contact the funeral home or St. Clare's. Mike was a hero, to his family, to the community, to the fire departments, and will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

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    Kilpatrick dedicated in everything he did

    Kristi Haunfelder, staff writer October 11, 2004

    North Lake - Whether caring for the grass at the county golf courses, responding to accidents as a firefighter or babysitting his granddaughter, Mike Kilpatrick displayed knowledge and dedication.

    Kilpatrick, 58, of North Lake suffered a heart attack while standing by to assist fighting a fire in the town of Oconomowoc and died Oct. 7, according to Fire Department officials.

    "He was unbelievable. He was my assistant chief for 23 years," said Terry Stapleton, fire chief for the North Lake Fire Department.

    More than 14 fire departments from Waukesha and Dodge counties responded Oct. 7 to an Okauchee fire at the former St. Joan of Arc Church.

    Kilpatrick and Stapleton were on standby at the Stone Bank Fire Department when Kilpatrick became dizzy.

    Three town of Lisbon emergency medical technicians who were present immediately attended to Kilpatrick and transported him to the hospital.

    North Lake firefighter John Marchek said there was some consolation in knowing that emergency workers were right there and did everything they could to save Kilpatrick at the Fire Station and during the ambulance trip to the hospital.

    Stapleton described Kilpatrick as his right hand, coming to the department twice a week, overseeing the trucks and conducting training.

    "He was a firefighter in the Air Force before he came here. He knew fires," Stapleton said. "He was a good leader, and no one at the Fire Department disliked him. He took charge. He was my right hand man."

    Kilpatrick showed the same dedication maintaining golf courses and other Waukesha County grounds for more than 30 years.

    "In 1964, he was a park attendant at Naga-Waukee Park," said Jim Kavemeier, park system manager for Waukesha County. For that seasonal employment, Kilpatrick was paid $1 per hour.

    After his time in the military, Kilpatrick went back to work for the county, starting as a park maintenance worker at Wanaki Park in April 1971.

    In 1973, he became superintendent at Moor Downs, a nine-hole golf course, and was responsible for grounds and parking lot maintenance at the Waukesha County government center, the exposition center and other county grounds.

    "He was in charge of all those who worked there," Kavemeier said.

    When Kilpatrick returned to Wanaki, it was as the golf course's superintendent, a post he retained for many years before becoming superintendent at Naga-Waukee in 1996. He retired from Naga-Waukee in January 2004.

    "His work record was impeccable," Kavemeier said. "Whenever you asked him to do something, he was ready, willing and able and always did a great job of it."

    "I knew him since 1980," said Charlie Shaw, another golf course superintendent with the county. "He was very helpful to me - I was very young at the time."

    Kilpatrick knew the stereotype of inefficient county workers and combated it with hard work, organization and motivation - traits he was able to pass on to those who worked with him, according to Shaw and Kavemeier.

    "Let's make sure we give the county their money's worth. Let's make sure we do it well," Shaw said, describing Kilpatrick's philosophy. "He was being paid to work eight hours; he would put in all eight hours."

    Shaw described Kilpatrick as the guy who unlocked the door in the morning, gave everyone their assignments and got them moving for the day.

    "There was no waiting around," Shaw said. "If you started at 6 a.m., it's 6:01, let's go."

    Showing his dedication to his profession, in 1994, Kilpatrick finished a program provided by the Golf Course Superintendent's Association and a six-hour written exam to earn his certification as a golf course superintendent.

    "He was very proud of that," Shaw said.

    "He was a gentle giant," said Pat Richman, a cousin of Kilpatrick's wife, Marge. Richman's husband, Dennis, is also a member of the North Lake Fire Department.

    Richman described Kilpatrick as over 6 feet tall, but soft-spoken.

    "He never yelled at anyone," she said. "He was just a great guy."

    Employees who worked under Kilpatrick respected him and no one ever said that Kilpatrick had been unfair, Kavemeier said. He described Kilpatrick as easygoing.

    "He was very concerned about others, very conscientious," Kavemeier said.

    "He would always be one of the first people to help," Richman said. "If they needed help cutting wood, tearing something down, moving something, helping people move, just anything."

    Shaw remembers Kilpatrick being called away from work for Fire Department business, sometimes working as a firefighter all night and still come to work for the county in the morning.

    "A lot of times he was called to auto accidents. It wasn't fun work," Shaw said.

    Along with his devotion to a demanding job and a demanding public service, Kilpatrick was devoted to family, Richman said.

    "He was a very caring, very loving family man," Richman said.

    Kilpatrick and his wife were both 4H leaders when their children were growing up. "They did camping kinds of things; they raised chickens."

    Kilpatrick also taught hunter safety for 4H and the Stone Bank Sportsman's Club and loved the outdoors.

    "Mike loved to go hunting," Richman said, adding that her children went through his hunter safety class.

    "He was adamant about learning safety and doing it right," Richman said. "My husband didn't do a lot of hunting back then. It was great for my kids to have Mike teach them all this."

    Continuing to show his patriotism from his own days in the service, Kilpatrick flew to North Carolina to see Richman's son, a Marine, receive a medal.

    Most recently, Kilpatrick spent some time babysitting for his 2-1/2-month-old granddaughter and, using a golf cart because of knee surgery last year, would drive his grandchildren the block from his home to see the animals at the Richmans' home.

    "When I saw him socially, it was always with his wife. They did everything together," Shaw said.

    "He was absolutely loving retirement. They did gardening and canning, worked together," Richman said.

    "They loved to travel together," Shaw said.

    The couple particularly liked cruises, and Richman said they had planned to leave Oct. 9 on a New England cruise with two other couples.

    Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 11, at Luko-Evert Funeral Home, 170 Warren Ave., Hartland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Clare's Catholic Church, Highway 83, North Lake.

    There will be a fire department procession with trucks and firefighters from local fire departments traveling from St. Clare Church to St. Clare Cemetery, where there will be a military service.

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    Kilpatrick, Michael J.

    Age: 58
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 10/07/2004
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 12:30
    Activity Type: Standby
    Death Date: 10/07/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    North Lake Fire Department
    PO Box 81
    North Lake , Wisconsin 53064-0081
    Chief: Terry Stapleton

    Final Summary:
    Assistant Chief Kilpatrick and other firefighters were standing by at a fire station in a neighboring community during a major fire incident. Assistant Chief Kilpatrick became ill and collapsed. EMS personnel standing-by in the same fire station transported Assistant Chief Kilpatrick to the hospital. Despite the efforts of firefighters, EMS personnel, and hospital personnel, Assistant Chief Kilpatrick died. The cause of death was a heart attack.

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