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    Illinois Firefighter Dies At Scene Of Car Accident

    Courtesy of Peoria Journal Star

    WARSAW - A Warsaw firefighter responding to a car accident died Wednesday
    afternoon in the line of duty.

    Todd Dicks, 37, died at Keokuk Area Hospital. He was taken there after he began
    having respiratory problems while responding to an accident five miles
    southeast of Warsaw with the department.

    Once the fire department arrived at the scene, rescue crews were called in to
    help Dicks. He was taken to Keokuk by ambulance, where he died a short time

    Funeral services with full firefighter memorial rights will be Saturday in

    Fire officials said Dicks is the first Warsaw firefighter to die in the line of
    duty in the history of the department, which was founded in 1867.

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    Warsaw Firefighter Laid to Rest

    Lori Sander

    Friends and family gathered at the Warsaw Methodist Church this morning to honor the life of Fireman Todd Dicks. Dicks was known to most as Bubba, a lovable guy who enjoyed life and his job. Dicks was the first Warsaw firefighter to die in the line of duty.

    Firefighters from surrounding communities all came to pay respect to
    one of their own.

    After the ceremony, fire trucks lined the road and sounded their sirens as they drove past the Warsaw Fire Department.

    Fire Chief Steve Siegrist says it was hard to deal with such an unexpected passing, but he says the Warsaw firefighters know how important they were to this hero.

    Siegrist also adds, "The guys are doing real well now, and they know how Bubba felt about things and they would...they know Bubba would want us to as of this afternoon and this evening get things back to normal, and be ourselves again and remember all the good times we had with him."

    Siegrist calls all firefighters heroes and says that Todd Dicks will definitely be missed by his fellow firefighters. "I was proud to be his chief and I know all the guys that served with him on the department was proud of him as well. He approached us about being a fireman and we accepted him and we're gonna miss him."

    Dicks was a longtime Warsaw Resident and is survived by his mother, and a sister, and her husband, all of Warsaw.

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    Warsaw firefighter laid to rest

    Monday, December 8, 2003 2:55 PM CST

    by diane vance/gate city staff writer

    WARSAW, Ill. - A Warsaw volunteer fireman was honored Saturday by fire departments from the Tri-State Area and across Illinois, as well as his fellow Warsaw firemen and ambulance crew.

    Todd "Bubba" Dicks, 37, died Wednesday while responding to the scene of an accident as a member of the Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department.

    Family, friends and firefighters converged on the town for the funeral and burial.

    "Bubba was a big guy and he had a heart as big as he was," said Warsaw Fire Chief Steve Siegrist. "He was always there for everybody. Everyone liked him."

    The Warsaw fire station, with a flag at half-staff and draped in black, was manned by stand-by firefighters from neighboring Hamilton and Carthage, Ill., to allow Warsaw's volunteer firefighters to attend the services. Fellow firefighters also served as pall bearers.

    A Carthage fire truck and a Nauvoo, Ill., fire truck parked on Main Street at the corner of Fifth Street to form an arch with a large flag. The arch marked the turn for out-of-towners to find the Warsaw Fire Station on Fifth Street and the Trinity United Methodist Church, a few blocks down.

    The small church had standing-room only at the 11 a.m. funeral officiated by the Rev. Mark Horn.

    A Burlington fireman playing bagpipes led the mourners into the church.

    "We come together in grief," said Horn. "But we look in sorrow for hope."

    Horn said Dicks was a valued member of the Warsaw Fire Department. He read a letter written by Dick's sister, Renee Smith of Warsaw, who described her brother as "one-of-a-kind" who touched many lives.

    "I will miss you tormenting the girls," Smith wrote, recalling her brother teasing her daughters, Jessica and Jordyn Smith. "I will miss your hunting stories and the way you would 'burn out' in the driveway when called by the fire alarm to beat others to the fire station."

    She called her brother her "knight in shining armor" and promised to carry on his tradition with their mother, Alta Dicks of Warsaw, by saying "Hi, Chubby!"

    Smith ended her letter, encouraging Dicks to "Rest high on the mountain."

    Horn read Luke's parable of the Good Samaritan.

    "This reflects a lot of who Todd was," said Horn. "He was a person willing to serve others. He brought hope in great ways and small, that we are only now starting to count up. His family knew what type of heart he had - willing to give to others."

    The congregation listened to Vince Gill's song "Go Rest High on That Mountain."

    Horn acknowledged the community had lost a valuable member but regained a sense of strength in pulling together.

    "We remember how fragile life is in death," said Horn. "Since Wednesday the fire department is still responding to calls, but with aching hearts.

    "One thing I can say about Todd's heart - it overflowed with love, care and kindness for his family and community."

    Warsaw firefighter Trent Kimberly read how the fire bell rings three times to sound the end of an alarm, signifying the alarm is over.

    "Bubba has completed his task, his duty is done," said Kimberly while another firefighter rang the church bell three times.

    The bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" to conclude the services.

    Dicks was carried to the Star/Fletcher Cemetery, rural Warsaw, on a fire department truck, leading a nearly mile-long motorcade of fire engines from the area.

    Nauvoo, Carthage and Hamilton firefighters in full firefighting gear saluted as he rode past the department where he had served for four years and the rooftop fire whistle sounded a last farewell.

    Dicks' helmet, #19, was placed alongside the casket on the back of the truck.

    At the cemetery, Warsaw firefighters, who all wore a black band across their badges, folded the flag that draped his coffin. Siegrist gave the flag to Dicks' mother.

    Larry Rauch, assistant chief of the Frankfort Fire Protection District, Frankfort, Ill., attended, helping with protocol for the funeral services.

    Dicks was the first Warsaw firefighter to die in the line of duty in the department's 136-year history. He was accorded full firefighter rites and burial.

    Warsaw's firefighters were back to on-call duty Saturday night, though area fire departments were willing to stand by.

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    Dicks, Todd "Bubba"

    Age: 37
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 12/03/2003
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 12/03/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Warsaw Fire Department
    N 5th St
    Warsaw , Illinois 62379
    Chief: Steve Siegrist

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Dicks was a passenger in a fire truck responding to the scene of a school bus/pickup truck crash in his community. During the response he appeared ill to other firefighters. Upon their arrival on the scene, EMS responders assigned to the original incident provided medical attention. Firefighter Dicks was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In memory of Todd "Bubba" Dicks c/o Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department, N 5th St, Warsaw, IL 62379

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