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Fallen Brothers» William Grant

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Grant family and the Chicago Fire Department of Illinois. FireFighter William Grant, 44, a 20 year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, died Friday March 23, 2007. William was riding in the rear cab of Ladder 51, responding with lights and siren to a fire call in the south side neighborhood of Englewood, when the apparatus was struck on the right rear side by a school bus while negotiating an intersection. The ladder truck swerved to avoid the bus, but was spun by the impact and overturned onto the drivers side. There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident. William was extricated and transported to Stroger Hospital where he later died. The bus driver and three other firefighters were injured in the crash.

     William was a second generation Chicago firefighter, his father John Grant having retired after 20 years of service. William was honored in 2001 by Mayor Richard Daley for the rescue of an 70-year old disabled woman from her burning home. His older brother Kevin is also a Chicago firefighter. William was also a part-time wood refinisher, and had placed his stamp on the new Englewood fire station by handcrafting a wooden mess table with the Chicago Fire Department maltese inlaid on the tabletop.

     Our brother William leaves behind his wife Sharon, his son Danny (3), and his two daughters Caroline (6) and Kristin (7). A visitation will be held for William on Monday March 26, 2007 3-9PM and Tuesday March 27. 2007 3-9PM at Lake-Lamb Funeral Home. A funeral mass for William will be held on Wednesday March 28, 2007 10:30AM at Christ the King Church followed by a burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. A fund has been established for the family and memorial contributions can be made to:

William Grant
Memorial Fund

c/o Prospect Federal
Savings Bank
6858 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
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