Washburn mourns a hero

By Audrey Williams

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM CDT

WASHBURN, Ill. -- Washburn Fire Department and Ambulance service members are coping with the sudden loss of one of their own.

Allen Heimsoth was the director of the volunteer ambulance and served for 36 years.

Monday morning the 63-year-old did not wake up. Heimsoth's autopsy results are pending.

Meanwhile, his family and friends are now remembering his dedication to the entire community.

"When things got important and things got scary we knew that we could always count on him. He would have the answers," said Washburn Mayor Robert Stanfield.

Besides his time as an EMT, Heimsoth served our country in Vietnam.

Mayor Stanfield said everyone can learn from his service, "This community is going to be hurting from not having someone like that. We need to reach out and we need think where our commitments are because Allen had his ride. He was committed to this village, he was committed to his family."

He was one of only two EMTs, and since the station needs two, he won't be easy to replace.

"It's hard to get volunteers for this kind of job, just because how much dedication goes into being an EMT," said Mayor Stanfield.

A dedication the community will miss as they deal with this unexpected loss.

A visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home in Washburn, with the funeral on Saturday at Saint John Church.

If you are interested in volunteering for the EMT position, contact the Washburn Fire Department.

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