James Joseph Knesek, Sr.

Chief Knesek responded with other members of his fire department to a motor vehicle crash. Within hours of returning home, Chief Knesek suffered a fatal heart attack.

Department Information

Munster Fire Department
1005 Ridge RD
U.S. National Grid: 16T DM 5791 0113
Munster, Indiana 46321

Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Dave Pelc

James Joseph Knesek, Sr. 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: Career 
Incident date: Feb 8, 2014 
Date of death: Feb 8, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
Fixed property use: