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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 8th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Kenneth Lehr has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Medora Community Fire Protection District.

Kenneth Lehr

Rank: Chief
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30+

Date of Incident: 2/05/2015
Time of Incident: 1430hrs
Date of Death: 02/05/2015

Fire Department: Medora Community Fire Protection District
Address: 221 E. Washington Street, Medora, IL 62063
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: While attempting to close off Illinois Route 111 to allow for a helicopter to land safely for a medical emergency, Chief Lehr was struck by a fire apparatus as it was backing up. Chief Lehr passed away at the scene from injuries sustained when he was struck.


Tribute is being paid to Chief Kenneth Lehr at

To date, eight firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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