The recent death of the Medora fire chief was on the mind of Gov. Bruce Rauner as he made a quick stop at a first responders’ convention in Springfield Monday. “We’ve lost too many public servants like you,” Rauner said. “When I called Mrs. Lehr last week, upon the tragic loss of her husband last week, Ken Lehr in Medora, I pledged to her that I, as governor, will do all I can to keep every one of you, every one of you, safe and supported. You put your lives out there; you deserve the support.”
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Lehr died Feb. 5 while trying to clear a space for an emergency helicopter to land; a piece of fire equipment backed up and killed him.
After the governor’s remarks, Springfield mayor Mike Houston gave the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) conventioneers some advice: get your lawmaker’s ear.
“No matter what the governor says about what he will do to support you, it really takes the support of the members of the Illinois General Assembly to be able to get things done,” said the mayor. “You may think that (the representatives and senators) totally understand what this organization does and what it’s about. Believe me: I really doubt that they do.”