First responders lined a procession route in McHenry Wednesday to honor a veteran Lincolnshire-Riverwoods firefighter who died in an off-duty accident last week.
Mark Amore, 46, of McHenry, died on April 16 while working at his side job as a heavy equipment operator for Pirtano Construction.
Amore was operating a skid steer in a parking lot near Ben Watts Marina in Fox Lake. The vehicle drove off the seawall and went into water and sludge.
Paramedics transported the man to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was pronounced dead.
Amore worked for the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District as a firefighter-paramedic at the time of his death. He previously worked as a lieutenant for 20 years at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.
A funeral mass for Amore’s immediate family took place at The Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry Wednesday morning. It was live-streamed for people to watch.
A eulogy, bell ringing ceremony, flag presentation, and badge and helmet presentation was performed outside the church.
The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District and McHenry Township Fire Protection District both escorted Amore’s casket to St. Patrick’s Cemetery in McHenry.
Numerous firefighters and police officers from various departments lined the procession route to honor Amore.
“Mark was truly in love with his wife Jaimie. She was his ALL. Their kids Ayden and Brynlee completed his dream of being a husband and a dad,” his obituary said.
“He was so happy that, as a family they could all explore boating, snowmobiling, and camping. Those were his most cherished times and made all his long hours of working pay off.”
Amore leaves behind his parents, wife and two children.
Amore’s family has asked that any memorial donations be directed to Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer at maccfund.org.
Donations to support the needs of his children can be sent to the Mark Amore Tribute Fund, C/O Justen Funeral Home, 3700 Charles J Miller Road McHenry, IL 60050 and they will be forwarded to his family.