Illinois: Wilmington Firefighter Killed after Severe Motorcycle Crash


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WILMINGTON, Ill. – A heart-wrenching motorcycle accident on a Friday night in Braidwood claimed the life of dedicated Wilmington Firefighter and Paramedic, David Pollack. 

“It is with great sadness and deep regret that the Wilmington Fire Protection District announces the passing of Firefighter Paramedic David Pollack.” said Wilmington Fire officials in a press release late Monday morning.  “David became a member of the Fire District in January of 2018 as a Firefighter Paramedic and was currently assigned as a Shift Leader at Station 2. David was a member of the MABAS Division 15 Technical Rescue Team and also a part time member with the Coal City Fire Protection District.”

The Braidwood Fire Department was swiftly on the scene of the major crash on 34000 Block of South Route 129, with an emergency helicopter rushing to the scene at nearby Reed Custer High School shortly before 9 p.m.

In a touching testament to his enduring spirit of service, Pollack’s final act was one of profound generosity: organ donation. This selfless gesture ensures his legacy will live on, potentially saving numerous lives. Over the weekend, friends, family, and coworkers poured out their grief over the tragic loss on various social media platforms, remembering a man deeply loved and revered by all who knew him.

Red Knights Motorcycle Club IL 23 shared their heartfelt sorrow on Facebook, urging the community to cherish memories with Pollack and lamenting the potential memories that were tragically cut short.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with David, his wife Julissa, David’s parents and family during this very difficult time.”said Wilmington Fire.

As the Wilmington community grapples with this profound loss, The Yard Foundation has initiated a campaign to support Pollack’s family. Aiming to raise $25,000, the fund has already garnered generous contributions totaling $1,275. Through this communal act of support, the community signals that no hero is ever truly forgotten.


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