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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Christopher Brown
Agency Hudson Community Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 11/9/1973
Date of Death 3/5/2013
Cause of Death Struck by vehicle
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty [Unknown]

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Hudson
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/5/2013 22:45
Incident Location Street/Road
Incident Attribute Traffic accidents

Incident Summary

On March 5, 2013, Firefighter Christopher R. Brown of the Hudson Community Fire Protection District died in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Hudson, Illinois.

Brown responded with Hudson Community Fire Protection District firefighters to a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 39. During emergency operations at the scene of the accident, a semi-tractor trailer traveling southbound lost control and struck 3 emergency response vehicles and injured 6 firefighters, including Brown. After being transported to the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Brown succumbed to his injuries.

Brown had been a volunteer firefighter with the Hudson Community Fire Protection District for 3 years and had been a full-time firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department for 12 years. Over 4,000 people, including firefighters from across Illinois, attended the visitation honoring Brown. He was survived by his widow and two sons.


Kevin Barlow, “Firefighter remembered as loving family, friends-and the job,” Pantagraph, March 6, 2013.

“Funeral Announcement-FF Christopher R. Brown,”, accessed March 12, 2013.

Kevin Barlow, “Firefighter remembered as loving family, friends-and the job,” Pantagraph, March 6, 2013.

“Hudson (IL) motor vehicle accident fatality involving Bloomington firefighter,”, March 8, 2013.

“800 attend funeral for firefighter killed on duty,” Pantagraph, March 11, 2013.

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