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Local grad killed in Texas explosion honored, funeral services set

The body of a first responder returned home to the Chicago area, a week after he was killed in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion and fire.

KevinSandersUpon his return Saturday at O’Hare Airport, Kevin Sanders was given a full honors escort by local first responders.

Sanders, 33, was a former resident of Palos Hills and Plainfield, and graduated from Marist High School in Chicago.

He served in Plainfield’s emergency management agency for about five years.

He moved to Texas several years ago, and he later became a volunteer for the Bruceville-Eddy Fire Department.

He was in the middle of an an EMT class at the time of the blasts, and quickly rushed to the scene.

He leaves behind a wife and an infant son.

Visitation will be held next Tuesday at the plainfield administration headquarters.

A funeral will take place on Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills.

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