Illinois Firefighters Mourns as Will County Fire Chief Loses Fight to Cancer


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CRETE, IL — The Crete community and the wider Illinois firefighting fraternity are mourning the untimely passing of Fire Chief James “JP” Muirhead. 

Muirhead’s brave battle with cancer came to an end, but his legacy of dedication and service burns brightly in the hearts of all who knew him. Chief Muirhead, renowned for his unwavering commitment to the community and his passion for the fire service, leaves behind a grieving family – his beloved wife, Katelyn, and their two young children. 

His professional journey spanned over three decades, with notable tenures in the Matteson and Riverdale Fire Departments, culminating in his leadership role as the Fire Chief of Crete.

Messages of condolence have poured in from various fire departments across Illinois, including Park Forest, Sauk Village, and Beecher. Each tribute resonates with deep respect and admiration for Chief Muirhead’s dedication to the job and his indomitable spirit.

Amid the grief, there’s a call to action. The Yard Foundation has initiated a fundraiser to support Muirhead’s family during this trying time. The goal is set at $25,000, with contributions steadily coming in. As of Thursday evening, the community had already raised $3,400.

For those touched by Chief Muirhead’s life and legacy, this is an opportunity to stand with his family, just as he stood for the community throughout his life. Your contribution can make a difference during their time of need. Support Chief Muirhead’s family by donating through The Yard Foundation: Link to The Yard Foundation.


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