Medora Fire Chief killed in freak accident

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MEDORA, IL (KTVI) - The small town of Medora, Illinois is mourning the loss of its fire chief. Kenneth Lehr was killed in a freak accident involving another firefighter.

According to the Illinois State Police, firefighters were in the process of shutting down Highway 111 so a medical helicopter could land on the highway. That's when a 46-year-old firefighter backed up his truck and struck the chief.

"It's just a tough situation for a small community like this," said Medora Fire District President Earl Dixon.

Lehr, 59, had been chief of the Medora Volunteer District since 2006. He served on the department for 20 years and also made himself available for the ambulance district whenever it needed help.

"Anytime anybody needed any help, Kenny was there," said Dixon. "He's really going to be missed in this community."

Firefighters from other departments came to Medora Thursday night to show their support. Grief counselors and a minister were also on hand.

Lehr, a father and grandfather, had recently retired from Olin Corporation.

Dixon said as difficult as it will be, the department will continue to move forward because that's what Lehr would want.