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    Illinois District Chief Suffers Heart Attack; Dies At Home

    Illinois District Chief Suffers Heart Attack; Dies At Home


    Rockford Register Star News Staff
    Courtesy of Rockford Register Star

    ROCKFORD -- Rockford's bravest lost one of their own Monday when District Chief Kevin McIntyre died of an apparent heart attack at his home. Police were called to McIntyre's home on Sage Drive around 5:30 p.m. and discovered his body. The Winnebago County coroner's office was called out, and the 45-year-old firefighter was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m.

    An autopsy is scheduled for today.

    At an impromptu news conference at 8:30 p.m. at the main fire station on Second Street, Fire Chief Bill Robertson said McIntyre will be missed.

    "It was always comforting when he was on duty, very honestly, because his first concern was always the care of the firefighters and the care of the community," Robertson said.

    McIntyre was a junior firefighter before he became a full-fledged member of the department in February 1980. He made lieutenant in January of 1987, captain in January of 1993 and was named district chief in January of 1996.

    "He rose through the ranks very quickly," Robertson said. "He was one of the youngest lieutenants ever on the job, one of the youngest captains and one of the youngest district chiefs. ... He was extremely knowledgeable and loved the fire service."

    McIntyre leaves behind a wife and two children.

    Robertson said he wasn't aware of any health problems with his district chief.

    "Kevin went home last night about 7 o'clock with a severe backache," Robertson said. "I don't know how that fits into it."


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    FDNY Returns Favor to Rockford Firefighters

    Author: Abi Ray
    Posted On: Friday, April 23, 2004


    Six firefighters fly hundreds of miles to remember District Chief Kevin McIntyre Friday. The New York City firefighters say they came to lend moral support to Chief McIntyre's family at Engine Company 1, and also to say thank you to the Rockford community.
    After September 11th, firefighters from Rockford went to New York to help with the rescue effort and clean-up there, and to attend many funerals. New York City Firefighter Steve Olsen says, "We were devastated after 9-11 and firefighters came from all over to help us. That makes them all brothers, and Chief McIntyre was a brother in arms." Since the terror attacks, New York firefighers have contributed a dollar from every pay check to a fund that pays to send six members of a New York City company to firefigher funerals across the country. Olsen says, "Firefighters have a need to do this. We have to support each other."

    The New York firefighters say District Chief McIntyre was part of a brotherhood. One that's known for a connection between its members unlike any other profession. New York City Firefighter Ray Ragucci says, "The bond is there, and you feel it as soon as you walk in the door. It never disappears. It only gets stronger." Olsen adds, "Whether you're a New York firefighter or a Rockford firefighter, we're all firemen. We were all cut from the same loin, and we have to suuport each other." The 6 firefighters at District Chief McIntyre's funeral were from Ladder Company 1 in New York. They presented McIntyre's family with a New York Fire Department patch with a black band through it. They say it's a symbol of a hero who will never be forgotten.


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    McIntyre, Kevin

    Age: 45
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: District Chief
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty:

    Incident Date: 04/18/2004
    Duty Type: Other
    Incident Time: 19:30
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 04/18/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: N/A

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Rockford Fire Department
    204 S. First Street
    Rockford , Illinois 61104
    Chief: D. William Robertson

    Initial Summary:
    District Chief Kevin McIntyre succomb to a heart attack.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Contributions can be sent to D. William Robertson, 204 S. First Street, Rockford, IL 61104


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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