Firefighter Gregory Wood, 19, of Leaf River, Illinois has died in his own house fire. While this may not actually be LODD and LODI – (as yet to be determined) – as significant as this is, we want to pass it on.
Firefighters arrived on scene around 0045 hours this morning and found the first floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.
Three of the residents were able to escape, two of them were transported to Rockford, Illinois hospitals with serious injuries.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found Wood in a second-floor bedroom and was pronounced dead.
Two other family members, who are also members in the department, were injured in the fire.
Leaf River Fire Chief Steve Shelton said that he was sleeping when he and his wife were awakened by them knocking on the door.
Wood’s family lives across the street from Chief Shelton. Wood’s father is also a member of the volunteer fire department as one of the two deputy chiefs. Wood’s mother works there as an emergency medical technician and his younger brother serves as a cadet.
Condolences to all those affected.