A coroner’s report on the unexpected death of Carpentersville, Illinois Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf was caused by an anaphylactic shock from a bee sting.
Chief Middendorf died July 18 at a medical center in Knoxville, Tennessee. A 911 call concerning chief Middendorf was placed July 16, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The 46-year-old Middendorf was vacationing at what was to become his retirement home when he took ill. He was a 25-year veteran of the fire service.
The paper reported that there are only about 50 such deaths per year and that the chief had not suffered allergic reactions to stings before.
Carpentersville Village President John Skillman, the village’s former fire chief, was a good friend of Middendorf’s. He said that with bee or wasp stings, “We found out recently that if you don’t have a severe allergic reaction one time, down the line you might. The next time, you just don’t know.”