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Funeral arrangements announced for Sandwich Fire Protection District chief

Sandwich Fire Chief Jason Pruski (left) is sworn in July 2016 by former fire chief Don Rimgale.
Sandwich Fire Chief Jason Pruski (left) is sworn in July 2016 by former fire chief Don Rimgale.


SANDWICH – The fire chief for the Sandwich Fire Protection District has died, according to fire officials.

Sandwich Fire Deputy Chief Nathan King said in a statement late Monday, July 29, that Sandwich Fire Chief Jason Pruski died suddenly Monday at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

“The Sandwich Community Fire Protection District will update everyone as details of the funeral arrangements become available,” King said in the release.

King declined comment on Tuesday, July 30, on the circumstances surrounding Pruski's death, including how he died.

"Until we talk to the family, we're not going to disclose that information," King said.

According to a Tuesday news release from the fire protection district, visitation for Pruski will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Sandwich Fire Department, 310 E. Railroad St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the fire department, followed by burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Suydam Road.

King said in a previous release that Pruski was sworn in as the city’s fire chief in 2016 in succession of Don Rimgale, who retired and has since died. In the release, he said Pruski started with the Sandwich Community Fire Protection District in 1989 as a firefighter.

King also said in the release that Pruski served as the fire science instructor for the Indian Valley Vocational School in Sandwich and was a fire science instructor for Waubonsee Community College.

Jeff Beverage, president of the Sandwich Fire Protection District Board of Trustees and owner of Beverage Family Funeral Home, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he was sorry to report that Pruski had died. Pruski was 47 years old at the time of his death.

"What a great guy and fire chief," Beverage wrote. "Please pray for his family as they go through this terrible loss."

Beverage did not respond to a request for additional comment on Monday from Record Newspapers.

Sandwich Police said in a statement on Facebook that they extend their condolences to the "immediate and extended fire department family of Jake Pruski," the Monday post said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time," the post said. "Jake was a good man and a tremendous asset to the fire service and our community and will be sorely missed."

Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday from Record Newspapers.

Yorkville School District 115 Superintendent Tim Shimp said during the district's school board meeting on Monday that one of Pruski's children currently attends school within the district. He said he offers his condolences after hearing the news of Pruski's death.

"We're keeping them in our thoughts and we'll work with the principal [at his school] to make sure they get the support that they need," Shimp said.

Memorials may be directed to Pruski's children, the Tuesday release said. For information or to sign the online guest book, visit

• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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