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    Illinois Firefighter Dies after Fire

    Illinois Firefighter Dies after Fire

    Updated: 08-15-2006 02:28:51 PM

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    The City of Carbondale Fire Department is preparing to bury one of its own.

    Firefighter Dana MacCrimmon. 45, became ill after she responded to a fire call on Aug. 10 at 10:59 p.m. After returning to the station, she was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and died at 2:20 p.m., Aug. 11.

    She was the department's fire education specialist, and anually taught area fifth graders the importance of safety. "She was a great, great person, committed to fire prevention, and enjoyed showing our safety trailer," said Kathy Haldeman, administrative secretary.

    But, her love of the fire service and education extended beyond her station duties. MacCrimmon also was active with the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children.

    City flags are flying a half-staff in her memory. She is the first line-of-duty death in the City of Carbondale Fire Dept.

    Funeral Information

    Funeral services for firefighter MacCrimmon will be held Aug. 16 at 11:00 a.m., at the Carbondale Civic Center, 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL.

    Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Aug. 15 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale and from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at the Carbondale Civic Center.

    A firefighter walk through will be held at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 15 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale. Personnnel who wish to participate are asked to gather at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.


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    MacCrimmon, Dana

    Age: 45
    Cause of Death: Unknown
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Unknown
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 08/10/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 22:59
    Activity Type: Support
    Death Date: 08/11/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    City of Carbondale Fire Department
    200 S. Illinois Ave.
    Carbondale , Illinois 62902
    Chief: John Michalesko

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter MacCrimmon became ill after she responded to a fire call (false alarm) on 08/10/2006 at 2259hrs. After returning to the station, she was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and passed away the following afternoon from a cause still to be released to the public.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children, in memory of "Dana's Kid's." Send C/o City of Carbondale Fire Department, 200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62902, Tele: (618) 457-3234


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    First female firefighter put to rest
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    Amber Wilson
    Daily Egyptian

    City says goodbye to "woman of many hats"

    The sad melody of bagpipes drifted over two silent rows of fellow firefighters as pallbearers carried the casket of Carbondale's first female firefighter to a waiting fire truck.

    Hundreds gathered to pay their final respects to Carbondale Firefighter Dana MacCrimmon during a memorial ceremony last week at city hall.

    According to members of the Carbondale Fire Department, MacCrimmon responded to a fire call at 10:59 p.m., Aug. 10 and shortly thereafter, she became ill and started complaining about a headache. After several hours, the headache continued to worsen. She was taken to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, where she died at 2:20 p.m. the next day.

    Staff at the Jackson County Coroner's office said the cause of MacCrimmon's death had not yet been confirmed.

    MacCrimmon was also the director of the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children at Touch of Nature.

    MacCrimmon was born on Aug. 22, 1960, in Carbondale. Her childhood years were spent in Deerfield, near Chicago. She moved back to southern Illinois during eighth grade and attended Unity Point, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, and Carbondale Community High School.

    An alumna of SIUC, MacCrimmon graduated with a bachelor's degree in university studies in 1982. In the mid to late 90s, she returned to the university and received a second bachelor's degree in speech pathology. During this time, MacCrimmon gave birth to three children, Justin, Cody, and Mallory, with her former husband of 20 years, Matthew MacCrimmon.

    Shortly after receiving her second degree, MacCrimmon became an active volunteer firefighter for Makanda township. She joined the Carbondale Fire Department in 1998.

    Matthew MacCrimmon, procedures and systems analyst in the School of Journalism, said he was thrilled and proud when MacCrimmon became a firefighter.

    "Becoming a firefighter was a dream come true for her," he said.

    Her love for life drove her to serve good causes, especially helping children and disadvantaged people, he said.

    Dana MacCrimmon was involved with the Carbondale Fire Department "Smoke House," a small-scale mobile house to help train kids how to escape from a burning home. She was a member of the Associated Firefighters of Illinois and the International Association of Firefighters.

    Fire Chief John C. Michalesko said he had worked with MacCrimmon since she became a member of the fire department. Michalesko managed the same shift that MacCrimmon worked until his ********* to fire chief in July.

    He said MacCrimmon was truly gifted and always gave her all.

    "She wore many hats," Michalesko said. "She was just a remarkable person."

    MacCrimmon was named Carbondale's employee of the month in February 2005 and also received employee of the year in 2005.

    "Dana was always a bright star shining amidst many ordinary ones," Matthew MacCrimmon said. "She won over many people of all ages through her open heart and friendly smile."

    Several firefighters from other departments attended the ceremony as well.

    Darrel Coons, chaplain for the Belleville Fire Department, said there were several firefighters from his department, along with people from the Murphysboro, Marion, Pekin, and Rock Island departments.

    "This is what we do," Coons said. "It's a brotherhood. When one falls, we all fall."


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    Decorated Carbondale firefighter dies at 45

    by jason lee, the southern

    CARBONDALE - The Carbondale Fire Department has lost one of its own.

    Dana MacCrimmon, a Carbondale firefighter, died 2:20 p.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was 45.

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    The cause of death was not immediately available.

    Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Ave. Pastor Robert Gray and the Rev. Wes Hanson will officiate.

    Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Meredith Funeral Home, 300 S. University Ave., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Carbondale Civic Center.

    MacCrimmon was named Carbondale's Employee of the Month for February 2005 and was also honored as the city's Employee of the Year for 2005.

    She was actively involved with the Carbondale Fire Department's fire prevention program, serving as an instructor and coordinator of the program for the Carbondale Elementary School District.

    MacCrimmon also served as director of Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children, a free, weeklong camp for young burn survivors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

    Each year, the camp offers a variety of activities including caving, rock climbing, swimming and camping at Jackson Falls in the Shawnee National Forest.

    MacCrimmon's kind and caring nature also was evident with her involvement with the International Association of Burn Camps, which works to set up similar programs around the world.

    She is remembered as a kind and caring person who loved children. Her hobbies included enjoying the outdoors, photography, gardening and hiking.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children, in memory of "Dana's Kids".

    Donations will be accepted at Meredith Funeral Home or at any Carbondale fire station.



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    Carbondale lays one of its finest to rest

    by jason lee, the southern

    CARBONDALE - Dana MacCrimmon is remembered as a caring person whose life was driven to help others, whether as a Carbondale firefighter, mother or friend.

    Hundreds whose lives she touched packed the Carbondale Civic Center on Wednesday to celebrate MacCrimmon, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was 45.

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    Hired in June 1998 as Carbondale's first female firefighter, MacCrimmon joined a department that long had been a boys club, a fraternity of sorts.

    "I wondered how this 37-year-old mother of three would fit in at the firehouse," recalled firefighter Steve McBride, speaking at the memorial service.

    Yet, in no time, MacCrimmon's smile and motherly touch won over her comrades, McBride said.

    "She always went out of her way to make everyone feel welcome at the firehouse, especially significant others and family members" he said. "She did it all."

    MacCrimmon demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the job and a strong desire to serve the community, McBride said.

    "Dana was a dedicated and caring co-worker who always did her best," he said. "She was one of Carbondale's finest."

    MacCrimmon responded to her last fire about 11 p.m. Thursday. Afterward she became ill and was transported to the hospital, where she died about 2:20 p.m. Friday.

    She had been well decorated for her service with the department. She was honored last year as Carbondale's Employee of the Month for February as well as the city's Employee of the Year for 2005.

    She served as an instructor and coordinator of the Carbondale Fire Department's fire prevention program, teaching fire prevention skills to more than 1,300 Carbondale elementary students.

    She also was director of the Southern Illinois Camp for Burned Children, a free, weeklong camp for young burn survivors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Each year, the camp offers a variety of activities including caving, rock climbing, swimming and camping.

    Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole said running the camp was a natural fit for MacCrimmon, who took every opportunity to "give gifts of love and confidence to others."

    "She showed the children that they were beautiful people," Cole said. "She showed them that they were truly special."

    Justin MacCrimmon, Dana's son, said she enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hiking and especially photography.

    "She loved photography so much, it was hard to find a photo of her," he said. "She was always the one behind the camera."

    He said his mother "always loved life and everything about it."

    "She gave and gave and gave, and it made her that much happier," he said. "My mom was the most wonderful person I've ever known. I don't think her life was short, I think it was very full."


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