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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.

Citations:

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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