CHICAGO -- A firefighter was found dead inside his far South Side home this afternoon.
His fellow firefighters responded to a blaze 11000 block of S. St. Louis in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood around 3:30 p.m
While searching the home and battling the fire, they discovered the body of Lt Rob Spoon in the basement.
Lt Spoon was rushed to a waiting ambulance but WGN News learned it quickly became clear he had taken his own life.
Lt Spoon was a full-time paramedic for the Chicago Fire Dept and a part-time firefighter and paramedic at the small department in Hometown.
It is with deep regret & sorrow to report the sudden death of Lt Rob Spoon today. pic.twitter.com/4sxMo4tHTt
— Hometown Fire (@HometownFPD) June 2, 2017
Fellow firefighters call Spoon a leader and as well as a prankster.
In 2015, the Hometown department named Spoon firefighter of the year for his work coordinating its EMS department.
His death hit area first-responders very hard. Back in November, WGN’s Dina Bair did a special report on PTSD and its impact on firefighters.
Lt Spoon was close friends with Lt Ryan Elwood, nephew of WGN New’s own Patrick Elwood. Ryan, also a Hometown firefighter, also took his own life on September 8th, 2015. His family shared his story as part of the special report.
His family set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe