LODD: Iowa fire chief dies while responding to blaze
Earling Fire and Rescue Department Chief Tom Henrich fell ill while on the scene of a combine fire
Duty Death: Tom Henrich - [Earling, Iowa]
End of Service: 10/20/2018
EARLING, Iowa — A fire chief died Saturday while on the scene of a blaze.
KETV reported that Earling Fire and Rescue Department Chief Tom Henrich was responding to a combine fire when he fell ill and died.
Henrich, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, was remembered by family and colleagues as a dedicated leader.
"The fire department was Tom's life," Harlan Fire Department Chief Roger Bissen said. "He was very strong in training and leadership of their department."
Bissen, who often worked alongside Henrich, said his colleagues called him “doc” due to his strong EMS skills.
"Tom was extremely dedicated and very proud of his fire department and the people on there, the training they do and the responses they made," Atlantic Volunteer Fire Chief Mark McNees said.
Firefighters and fire trucks from several different departments honored Henrich by parking on top of bridges and flashing their lights as the motorcade escorting his body to Ankeny for an autopsy drove by.
"We took vehicles and people up to be on that bridge and to show the family our respects and people going through and for Tom," McNees said. "To be there for them, to know that they have our support -- they're always going to have our support."
Earling Fire Chief Tom Henrich died Saturday, Oct. 20 while responding to a fire call. Funeral arrangements pending at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan. pic.twitter.com/0ZJEyUiEZR— HarlanNewspapers (@harlannewspaper) October 22, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Earling Fire and Rescue Department (IA) as they mourn the loss of Chief Tom Henrich and support his family. #firefighter #LODD https://t.co/qqmt9L09WS pic.twitter.com/W6zDrr8m12— LCFR Honor Guard (@LCFR_HG) October 23, 2018