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Wesley “Wes” Peak

11/19/77 – 09/07/14

Firefighter and Paramedic Wesley B. Peak passed away tragically in a motor vehicle accident on September 7, 2014. Funeral services for Peak were held at Parkview Church on September 12 and he was buried at Peotone Cemetery.

Wes was a distinguished member of many southland departments throughout his career. He began with Peotone Fire Protection District and then moved onto work at Citgo Fire Department in Lemont. While going to paramedic school, Wes worked at Kurtz Ambulance Service. From there, he worked for Westmont, Flossmoor, and Monee Fire Departments. Throughout his career he worked hard to continue his education and earned many Illinois State Fire Marshall Certifications.

Wes was officially sworn into the Orland Fire Protection District in 2008 after successfully completing his probationary year. He earned many awards and commendations in his career in Orland. The District received many letters from patients that he had assisted throughout his career. One of his patients sent a simple, but meaningful note, “A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own”. Wes was a 7-year Veteran of the Orland Fire Protection District.

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Raymond C. Marquardt

11/19/1938 – 9/14/2009

Retired Lieutenant Raymond C. Marquardt, 70, passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning, September 14, 2009.

Ray was a 32-year veteran of the Orland Fire Protection District and a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Orland Park. Ray’s was also a member of the Orland Professional Fire Fighters Local 2754, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI), and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). He was known for his love of Cushman Motor Scooters and Fishing, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Funeral services for Marquardt were held at Christ Lutheran Church on September 16 and he was buried at Christ Lutheran Cemetery.



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Jerome “Jerry” Panozzo

?/?/1934 – 1/5/2002

Funeral services for Panozzo were held at St. Michael Church and he was buried at Interment Orland Memorial Cemetery.








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William Bonnar Sr.

6/4/1936 – 2/25/1998

On February 25, 1998, Battalion Chief William E. Bonnar Sr. of the Orland Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty following a training exercise.

Bonnar joined four other firefighters for an annual consumption test that measured how much air each firefighter consumed while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus. The test simulated firefighting activities by requiring firefighters to complete an obstacle course while wearing full bunker gear, and the test also checked each firefighter’s blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and pulse oximetry. Bonnar completed the obstacle course in less than an hour, and was recovering from the exercise when he received a message on his pager, prompting him to leave the training area to use the cellular telephone in his car. Approximately twenty-five minutes later, another firefighter found Bonnar unconscious in his car. The firefighters, who were also certified paramedics, began advanced life support immediately, and Bonnar was transported to the hospital. Efforts to revive him in the field and at the hospital were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

Funeral services for Bonnar were held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on February 27, and he was buried at Christ Lutheran Cemetery.

Bonnar joined the Orland Fire Protection District as a volunteer in 1972. He soon became an emergency medical technician, enrolled in the first paramedic course at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, and joined the Chicago Fire Department as a paramedic in 1974. In 1977, Bonnar was among the first full-time firefighter/paramedics hired by the Orland Fire Protection District. Three years later, firefighters from the Orland Fire Protection District joined the International Association of Fire Fighters as Local 2754, and Bonnar was elected as the union’s first president. Over the next decade, Bonnar was promoted to lieutenant in 1981, to shift commander in 1989, and to battalion chief in 1990.