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The Great Lakes Marine Fire Department in Lake County mourns the sudden death of a firefighter

Lieutenant in the Great Lakes Fire Department Jeff Peters. | Photo provided

The Great Lakes Fire Department, based near North Chicago, announced that one of its firefighters, a 21-year veteran of the department, died suddenly on Sunday morning in Chicago.

“Today we are devastated at the Great Lakes Fire Department by the loss of one of our own,” said the department on Sunday afternoon.

Lieutenant Jeff Peters, who lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was assigned to the Tower in 1931. He was found dead in Chicago on Sunday morning.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately have information of his death.

The Great Lakes Fire Department covers Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County and is one of the Navy’s busiest fire departments.

Peters was an “integral part” of the Great Lakes Fire Department for 21 years.

Peters responded to countless structural, medical and rescue calls as well as calls for help from fire departments in the region to “save lives and property and give hope to the people who entrusted us with their darkest hours,” said the department.

“Jeff was a great firefighter, friend, and mentor. He was a colleague we always looked forward to on shift work, and a colleague we were always grateful for, regardless of the call. “

The intelligence, friendship and dedication Peters brought to the department “is sorely missed,” the department said, adding that “Great Lakes has a hole in its heart today.”

“The sudden loss of a true and trustworthy colleague and friend reminds us to treasure our brothers and sisters, and we hold on to hope that better days are ahead,” the department added.

Officials asked the public to keep Peters’ family, especially his three children, in thoughts and prayers.

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