Freeport firefighter laid to rest after battle with brain cancer - – Rockford’s News Leader

Freeport firefighter laid to rest after battle with brain cancer


Daniel J. Bower, 38, of Lena, IL, passed away on November 12, 2013 at Freeport Memorial Hospital.  Dan was born on December 27, 1974 in Atlantic, IA to Ken and Judy (Chandler) Bower. He and his family moved several times before settling near Lena in January, 1990. Dan is a 1993 graduate of Le-Win High School. He attended Highland Community College before his marriage to Abigail Lobdell on September 24, 1994.

Dan worked for Boettner Heating and Air Conditioning for seven years in residential sales and service before becoming a full-time fire fighter and paramedic for the City of Freeport.  He was Commander of District 7 AFFI Honor Guard, a former president of the North West Illinois Ambulance Association, and he served as a paramedic for Star and Leamon's Ambulance Services.

He was a member of the haz-mat team, the Tactical Rescue Team, and he was a Confined Space instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Dan was also a member of the Lena Masonic Lodge as a 3rd Degree Master Mason. 

Dan and his family attended the Evangelical Free Church of Lena, IL.  Dan enjoyed attending his children's sporting events and spending time with family and friends.  He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, boating, going on family vacations, and taking photos.  Dan and Abigail started Bower Creek Candle Co. in 2011.

Services were held on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 PM at the Lena-Winslow Elementary School.

Bower is buried at Lena Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for his children's education.

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