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Carpentersville Fire Department news (more)

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Carpentersville fire Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf’s death was brought on by anaphylactic shock after being stung by bees, according to a medical examiner’s report.

The report, obtained by The Courier-News from the Knox County Regional Forensic Center through a Freedom of Information Act request, notes authorities in Sevier County received a 911 call on July 16 concerning Middendorf, 46. Middendorf died July 18 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn., in Knox County. The report lists the cause of death as “anaphylaxis due to bee sting.”

The Middendorfs have a home in the Sevierville, Tenn., area, where friends said the family intended to retire. The family was on vacation there last month at the time of the incident that led to Middendorf’s death.

Middendorf was well-respected by his fellow firefighters in Carpentersville and surrounding communities. His wake and funeral services July 27 drew a large number of people.

Knox County Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Lochmuller, an associate professor of pathology with the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, said this summer the center has seen two or three cases, including Middendorf’s, involving anaphylactic shock and stings. Lochmuller said he couldn’t recall a single similar case in his seven years at the Knox County Regional Forensic Center. 

Severe allergic reactions to insect stings or bites are not seen on a regular basis but are not uncommon, said Dr. Mohammad Zaman, who oversees the emergency department at Elgin’s Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

According to statistics provided by Elgin’s Advocate Sherman Hospital, from January 2016 to Aug. 15, 2017, that hospital’s ER had 116 patients who were seen for “toxic effect of venom of bees.”

An allergic reaction to an insect sting or bite can develop at any age, even if someone had been stung before and had no adverse reaction. Such allergies can develop at any age.

Hymenoptera is the insect order that can sting and contains venom. The insects most commonly causing this condition are honeybees, hornets, yellow jackets, fire ants, and wasps.

A key is getting help as soon as possible, as anaphylaxis can happen within five to 20 minutes or up to two hours later, depending on the person and the details of the stinging incident.

Immediate treatment for reactions involves receiving a dose of epinephrine from an injection such as Auvi-Q, Epipen or a generic, then antihistamines and steroids.

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Carpentersville Fire Department news (more)

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Friends, family, and fellow firefighters from throughout the region gathered at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley Thursday to pay their final respects to Carpentersville Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf.

Among those in attendance were members of the Hazel Green (Wis.) Fire Department, where Middendorf worked his first stint as a volunteer firefighter from 1992 to ’94. 

Middendorf joined the Carpentersville Fire Department 23 years ago, starting as a firefighter and working his way up to battalion chief. 

Middendorf, 46, died July 18 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Middendorf , his wife Daisy and son Tyler were on vacation at their home in Sevierville, Tenn., a place where the couple planned to eventually retire. Family members have not publicly discussed the circumstances leading to Middendorf’s unexpected death and the medical examiner has not yet released the cause of death.

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Carpentersville Fire Department news

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The village of Carpentersville is mourning the unexpected death Tuesday of Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf.

“He was basically one of the cornerstones of the department,” Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling said. “He was well-loved within the entire region.”

Middendorf, 46, was a resident of Carpentersville and member of the fire department for 23 years, starting as a part-timer in 1994 and moving to full time in 1997. He functioned in the role of acting deputy chief and assisted in the administration of the department.

The firefighter and paramedic is survived by his wife, Daisy, and young son, Tyler.

A Facebook post shared by the local police department and the Carpentersville Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 4790 said Middendorf’s death was sudden and unexpected. 

To all our followers out there, this is an extremely hard post to make but we have to sadly announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf. B/C Middendorf has been resident of Carpentersville and a member of our department for 23 years. Todd leaves behind a loving family including his wife and their young son. Please keep his family in your prayers as they will need them more than ever. Details on services are TBD.


According to reports, during Middendorf’s first call as a paramedic in March 1997, he and three other Carpentersville firefighter-paramedics responded to an accident involving a woman who was eight months pregnant. The woman showed no signs of life, but the crew knew they might save the child if they kept working, sending blood and oxygen through the mother and baby still in her womb.

Alerted by the paramedics, the hospital’s trauma and obstetrics teams and a neonatologist were waiting at Elgin’s Sherman Hospital and performed a rare postmortem C-section, saving the newborn’s life.

A memorial service for Middendorf is being planned.

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