Christopher Reed Brown

Firefighter Brown was working on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash on a local divided interstate highway. The patient from this had been transported and firefighters remained on the scene.

Fire Department vehicles were blocking the scene and the right lane of traffic was open. A tractor-trailer truck approaching the scene attempted to brake and began to slide. Firefighter Brown and other firefighters saw the approaching truck and knew that it was not going to be able to stop. Firefighter Brown attempted to run into the median of the highway to escape but was unsuccessful. Firefighter Brown was struck by the sliding truck as it plowed into the original crash scene.

Five other firefighters were injured as a result of the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer that struck Firefighter Brown was charged with reckless homicide for driving too fast for conditions and failure to obey the Illinois Move Over Law. In May of 2014, the driver was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Incident Location: Interstate 39 (MM6) near Hudson, IL (USNG: 16T CK 3055 9911).

Department Information

Hudson Community Fire Protection District
502 N Broadway ST
USNG: 16T CK 3179 9756
Hudson, Illinois 61748-9451

Chief: Dan Hite

Christopher Reed Brown was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 39 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Mar 5, 2013 21:45
Date of Death: Mar 5, 2013 
Cause of Death: Struck By 
Nature of Death: Trauma 
Activity Type: Scene Safety 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Street/Road 
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Memorial Fund Information

Max and Mason Brown Education Fund, c/o Hudson Community Fire Protection District , 502 N Broadway ST, Hudson, IL 61748-9451