A 16-year veteran of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District died over the weekend, fire officials said Monday.
Firefighter/paramedic John-Paul Kilanski, 38, of Algonquin unexpectedly died Sunday while off-duty.
“He was a loving son, a wonderful father and all-around great guy,” said his mother, Rose-Marie Kilanski.
Family members are awaiting a coroner’s report.
Kilanski leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and sons Hunter, 8, Gunnar, 6, and Cannon, 4.
Kilanski had been with the department for 16 years. He also was a U.S. Army veteran and had served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Kilanski also served as drill captain with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard and was a member of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills department’s technical rescue team, according to the department.
Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe said Kilanski was a hard worker and had a bright future with the department.
“J.P. was the give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy,” Van Dorpe said. “If you needed something done, J.P. was the guy you give it to. No excuses, no ifs, ands or buts. He got the job done.”
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Firefighters Local 3985 posted about the loss on its Facebook page.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his three boys, his family and his friends at this incredibly hard time,” the post read, in part. “Although he was a great fireman, a great paramedic and a great soldier, J.P. was an even better friend and father, and we will miss him dearly.”
Lake in the Hills will fly its flags at half-staff through sunset Thursday to honor Kilanski.
The visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Willow Funeral Home, 1415 Algonquin Road, Algonquin, with a fireman’s walkthrough at 6 p.m.
The funeral Mass is set for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Margaret Mary Church, 111 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin.