Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty

By Josh Simon

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM CDT

McLean County -- A Bloomington firefighter who was volunteering for the Hudson Fire Department was killed Tuesday night while responding to a crash on Interstate 39.

Authorities say 39 year old Christopher Brown was one of the first responders on the crash scene.

An hour later, a semi-trailer carrying a load of cars lost control on the slick highway, hitting three emergency vehicles. Brown was killed, and five other members of the Hudson Community Fire Protection District were injured and transported to Advocate Bromenn Regional Medical Center.

Fellow firefighters are remembering a man who died doing what he loved.

"Just a wonderful guy, excellent firefighter, very professional. Excellent Medic just a good all around person," said Hudson Fire Chief Dan Hite.

The father of two loved his job almost as much as his family.

"He cared about the community, he cared about his family. He cared about his fellow firefighters. He was a very dedicated individual and again he will be sorely missed," said Hite.

Brown wasn't just a volunteer, for the past 12 years he served as a career firefighter in Bloomington.

"He's irreplaceable. It's something you don't ever want to go through and we're going to go through it. For his family and everyone who cared about him it's devastating," remarked Bloomington Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling.

"Always willing to help, do what ever he can. That's what you ask from a firefighter, that's what you do as a firefighter. We're willing to help not only each other but we go out and help the public," said Bloomington Firefighter Matt Segobiano.

Brown was supposed to be working at Station 2 in Bloomington on Wednesday, instead his gear stands on display remembering a husband, a father and a firefighter lost in the line of duty.

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