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Harvard firefighter dies following battle with cancer

Harvard Fire Protection District Firefighter Phil Jacobs’ bunker gear at the fire station.

Funeral arrangements are set for a 30-year veteran firefighter of Harvard’s fire department after he died following a battle with cancer, the fire chief said.

“It is with the deepest sorrow that the Harvard Fire Protection District reports the death of one of our firefighters,” Harvard Fire Protection District Acting Chief Bryan Pierce said in a department issued letter.

Firefighter Phil Jacobs, who worked for the department for 30 years, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon at his home surrounded by his family, Pierce said.

“Our sympathy and condolences go out to his family and co-workers. Please keep his family in your prayers,” Pierce said.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, from 3-8 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 504 E. Diggins St. in Harvard. A fire department walk-through will take place at 6:30 p.m.

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The visitation will continue Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10-11 a.m. at the church immediately followed by a funeral service starting at 11 a.m. The funeral procession will leave the church and go to Mount Auburn Cemetery, 20501 E. Brink St in Harvard.

“We would like to take a moment and express our gratitude for the outpouring of support shown to not only Phil’s family but his HFPD brothers and sisters as well. Phil was loved by many and will be deeply missed by us all,” the fire district said.


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