Wisconsin Firefighter Dies in Station

Posted: 04-07-2009
Updated: 04-07-2009 04:35:51 PM

Firefighters in Wisconsin are mourning the loss of their former deputy chief.

John Weber, 77, was a longtime member of Township Fire Department in Eau Claire died in the firehouse on Saturday, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

When the company was dispatched for a brush fire Saturday night, Weber went to the station to assist with vehicles. Fellow personnel found him dead when they retuned from the call, reports indicated.

Weber started volunteering in his community in 1964. He served as deputy chief for 17 years. He retired from that position in 1991, but remained active. In 1986, he was named Firefighter of the Year.

Funeral Services

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, where there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service. There will be visitation at the church Wednesday, starting at 9 a.m.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Falls. Burial will follow at Inbarha St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by Mondovi American Legion Post 154. An honor guard will be provided by fellow firefighters of Wisconsin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Township Fire Department, 4601 E Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701-8111.
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Not my department but my immediate neighbors. I would see Jack on most big fires they would call us in on mutual aid. He was a great man, loved by everyone.

Went to his funeral today.

I was asked, and felt honored to do his final alarm on the radio:

"It is with great sadness that we tone out the final alarm for John "Jack" Weber, Retired Battalion Chief of the Township Fire Department Station #5, Town of Brunswick. The incredible dedication and years of service will not be soon forgotten.

GOD SPEED, Jack....and may you rest in peace now."

Capt.Jason Knecht
Altoona Fire Rescue
Altoona, WI

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