11-26-07 In Memory of Pete McWilliams and Dave Grandt

In Memory of Pete McWilliams and Dave Grandt


Dave Grandt

Dave Grandt, a retired thirty year veteran of Schaumburg Fire Department, was killed on August 2nd when the motorcycle he and his wife, Christine, were riding collided with another vehicle in Indiana. The couple was on their way back home from a motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia with friends when the accident occurred. Christine suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Indianapolis. Dave unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on scene.

Dave joined the Schaumburg Fire Department in 1977. He earned the rank of Lieutenant and was the EMS Coordinator for the department until his retirement in May. Even after he retired he continued as the department’s EMS coordinator in a civilian position. In July Flight For Life-Northern Illinois was called to the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Schaumburg. Dave was on scene and assisted with the call. This was his last call before leaving to go on vacation.

Dave is survived by his wife, Christine and two sons, Scott and Todd.

Pete McWilliams, a 16 year veteran of the Lake Forest Fire Department, was killed in the morning of September 3rd in a motorcycle crash in Lake Forest. He was transported by the Libertyville Fire Department to the Condell Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Pete joined the Lake Forest Fire Department in 1991. He was a member of the Lake County Hazmat Team and the department’s Public Education Team. Any time you saw Pete he had a smile and a kind word. Pete was an easy going person who enjoyed the opportunity to help others. He was an organ donor and his family honored his wishes for organ donation. Even in his death, he was able to help others through this gift of life.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, children; Kerry, Melissa, Ryan and step-daughter Gwendolyn.

Pete McWilliams


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