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Fire stations in Western Springs are draped in purple bunting to mourn the death of Lt. Richard “Dick” Jacobson who died June 20 after a long battle with ALS. Jacobson, 58, was a paid on-call firefighter.

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. He was appointed to the fire department in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years.

Fire Chief Patrick J. Kenny said Jacobson, who also trained as a mechanical engineer and worked as a project manager, volunteered for the department after receiving a letter appealing for community members to join the force.

Kenny said Jacobson approached ALS with the courage of a true hero. 

Jacobson was born in December 26, 1958. He grew up Highland Park and attended Deerfield High School where he met the girl who would become his wife, Kristen. The two didn’t start dating until after college. They both attended the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Kristen Jacobson said her husband loved firefighting for several reasons, including because it appealed to his natural sense of curiosity.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he became an advocate for research and education about the disease.

“He knew he couldn’t really fight it. But he educated others. He educated himself and he offered himself for clinical studies,” she said.

In addition to fundraising, he engaged with his doctors to learn about the illness.

In addition to his wife, Jacobson is survived by his children Rachel, Michelle, Arturo, and Andrew.

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Western Springs Fire Department news

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

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