Kenneth J. Lehr

Chief Lehr and Medora firefighters were working to establish a landing zone for a medical helicopter on a local highway. When the original site for the landing zone proved to be inadequate, firefighters and apparatus moved to an alternate site.

Chief Lehr rode the back step of a pumper as it moved from the original site to the new site. When the pumper arrived at the new location, the driver backed up to reposition the apparatus, unaware that Chief Lehr was on the back step.

As the apparatus backed up, it struck Chief Lehr. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Department Information

Medora Community Fire Protection District
221 E. Washington Street, Medora, IL 62063
Medora, Illinois 62063

Chief: Battalion Chief Tony Bellitto

Kenneth J. Lehr 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: 59 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Feb 5, 2015 14:30
Date of Death: Feb 5, 2015 
Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of Death: Trauma 
Activity Type: Incident Command 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Street/Road