Kenneth K. Harris, Firefighter/Paramedic

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Firefighter/Paramedic Harris reported for duty at 0730hrs on January 10, 2016. Firefighter/Paramedic Harris was assigned as the driver of Engine 603 for the shift. During the shift, Firefighter/Paramedic Harris and his crew responded to 4 emergency incidents including a working car fire and an EMS incident.

At the scene of the EMS incident, firefighters noted that Firefighter/Paramedic Harris seemed out of breath and fatigued. When back at the station at the conclusion of the incident, Firefighter/Paramedic Harris told other firefighters that he was fine but he continued to exhibit some signs of illness.

Firefighter/Paramedic Harris went off-duty at 0730hrs on January 11, 2016, and reported to the department’s Fire Prevention Bureau for additional work. He spent the day conducting fire prevention duties including plan review and signed out at 1345hrs.

At approximately 2105hrs, local firefighters and an ambulance were dispatched to Firefighter/Paramedic Harris’ residence. He had become ill after shoveling snow. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead at 2142hrs. His death was the result of a heart attack.

Department information

Oak Park Fire Department
100 North Euclid
US National Grid: 16T DM 3427 3760
Oak Park, Illinois 60301

Chief: Thomas Ebsen

Kenneth K. Harris 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: 56
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 11, 2016 20:30
Date of death: January 11, 2016
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: N/A