From the Western Springs Fire Department:


Thursday June 22, 2017

To: All Western Springs Fire Department Personnel- Village Officials-Directors-Village Personnel-MABAS Division 10 Members-Press Members

From: Fire Chief Patrick J Kenny
Re: Passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson

It is with deep regret that I am informing you of the passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson. Lieutenant “Dick” Jacobson passed on to his new life in the company of his family. Lieutenant Jacobson has battled ALS since being diagnosed in 2011 with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. His battle ended Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Lieutenant Jacobson was appointed in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years until his passing. Memorial bunting will be hung as well as the Fire Department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both Fire Stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days.

Services for Lieutenant Richard Jacobson were June 23, 2017.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations to:

  • The Les Turner ALS Foundation (847) 679-3311
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (800) 363-LCFS