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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter Daniel C. Dare has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Avon Fire Protection District.

Daniel C. Dare

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 25+
Date of Incident: 02/01/2011
Time of Incident: 2030hrs
Date of Death: 02/02/2011

Fire Department: Avon Fire Protection District
Address: PO Box 499, 102 E Clinton ST, Avon, IL 61415-0499
Fire Department Chief: Steve Bernhart

Incident Description: Firefighter Dare passed away from an apparent heart attack after responding to an EMS call for a sick child. Department members and other emergency services providers in the area were confronted by extreme weather conditions during the response, which was eventually canceled when the child’s reported illness moderated. Firefighter Dare’s vehicle had become stuck in the snow during the response and was extricated with the assistance of another department member.
Upon returning home, Dare became ill in his driveway and his wife attempted to drive him to the department for assistance. She also became stuck in the snow and was assisted by the same firefighter who earlier had helped Firefighter Dare extricate his vehicle. Upon arrival at the fire station, Avon fire-rescue personnel were waiting and performed CPR on Firefighter Dare for over 30 minutes. Due to the weather and road conditions, additional help could not reach the community and, according to reports, by 0100hrs, responders were told by medical control to stop their resuscitation efforts.

Incident Location: 73 170th ST, Avon, IL 61415
Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will be held on 02/05/2011 at the Abingdon United Methodist Church in Abingdon, IL, from 1200-1400hrs, with services to follow.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Daniel C. Dare, donations can be made to the Dare Children Education Fund, 3425 East County Highway 20, Avon, IL 61415
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Daniel C. Dare at
To date, 16 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 14 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and two from a previous year’s incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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