Kenneth James Frayne, Firefighter

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Firefighter Frayne and other firefighters were participating in a dive rescue training exercise. Firefighter Frayne was performing the third exercise of the day. When he and his partner descended to a depth of 50 feet, Firefighter Frayne signaled his partner to accept a rope bag and then signaled that it was time to surface.

When Firefighter Frayne's partner reached the surface, he did not see Firefighter Frayne but assumed that he had gone to shore. Upon his arrival at the beach, the partner alerted an officer that he could not locate Firefighter Frayne. A search for Firefighter Frayne, on land and in the water, began.

Firefighter Frayne was found on the bottom of the lake and brought to the surface. When he was found, his mask and regulator were not in-place and his air cylinder was empty. Firefighter Frayne was brought to shore and ALS-level care was provided at the scene and enroute to the hospital. Upon his arrival at the hospital, Firefighter Frayne received aggressive care but was pronounced dead after more than 40 minutes of resuscitative efforts.

The cause of death was listed as drowning. Over an hour passed from the time that Firefighter Frayne was discovered missing until he was found.

Department information

Channahon Fire Protection District
24929 Center St.
Channahon, Illinois 60410

Chief: David Riddle

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Kenneth James Frayne 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: 28
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: October 13, 2001 11:00
Date of death: October 13, 2001
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Drowning
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property