Grayslake Battalion Fire Chief Mike Higgins (left), who was a lieutenant at the time, recovers an American flag from a Libertyville house that caught on fire in July 2016. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2022)

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Grayslake Battalion Fire Chief Mike Higgins, who died on Monday after serving on the department for 26 years.

Visitation will be held next Friday at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road in Grayslake, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The honor guard will be standing by, Grayslake Fire Chief Dan Pierre said.

A fire department walk-through will take place at 7 p.m.

Parking is available on Neville Drive or any nearby streets or parking lots.

Funeral services will be held next Saturday at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, at 10 a.m.

The procession and interment will be private to friends and family at St. Mary’s Fremont Center Catholic Cemetery.

Mike Higgins was promoted to battalion chief for the Grayslake Fire Protection District in September 2019. | Photo: Grayslake Fire District

Higgins joined the department in January 1996 and has served for nearly 26 years.

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He was hired as a full-time member in 2001.

Higgins was promoted from lieutenant to battalion chief for the department’s gold shift in September 2019.

He was the department’s emergency medical services chief and worked closely with area hospitals.

Mike Higgins was promoted to battalion chief for the Grayslake Fire Protection District in September 2019. | Photo: Grayslake Fire District

He taught emergency medical services part-time for Advocate Condell Medical Center and acted as a liaison to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.

Multiple area fire departments offered their condolences to the Grayslake Fire Protection District on social media.

“We are heartbroken by this terrible news that will take the organization a long time to heal,” Pierre said.

“Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Pierre added.