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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Robert Reisinger
Agency River Grove Fire Department
Rank Firefighter/Paramedic
Type of Firefighter Part-time (paid)
Age Range 56 to 60
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/29/2020
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Cerebrovascular accident/Stroke , COVID-19
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Emergency medical care

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/24/2020
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Medical emergencies

Incident Summary

On April 29, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Robert David Reisinger of the River Grove Fire Department died in the line of duty from complications of COVID-19 after being exposed to a patient with the virus while on duty.

Reisinger responded to a medical emergency on March 24, 2020 where the patient had a known case of COVID-19 and subsequently contracted the virus. While quarantined at home for the virus, he suffered a stroke attributed to COVID-19 and passed away.

Reisinger had been a firefighter with the River Grove Fire Department for nearly 18 years and was also EMS system coordinator at Stroger Hospital in Chicago.


John Keilman, “River Grove firefighter, apparently recovered from COVID-19, suffers fatal stroke” Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2020.

“USA Notice of Firefighter Fatality - River Grove, IL,” U.S. Fire Administration, May 1, 2020.

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