PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria community is mourning the death of former Fire Marshall Ernie Russell.
The Peoria County Coroner says that Russell died shortly before 6 pm on Monday.
Russell was a 34 year veteran of the Peoria Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for six years before becoming the Fire Marshall.
He also served as the interim Fire Chief of Canton.
Russell made an unsuccessful bid for state Senate, losing to Dave Koehler.
Russell had a history of heart trouble. He is survived by his wife, Sara. He was 74 years old.
Funeral services are pending.