Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Firefighter-Paramedic Mark Amore, 46, (pictured) died on April 16, 2020, in Fox Lake following an off-duty accident. | Photos: Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District said they are remembering a veteran firefighter and father who died in an off-duty accident in Fox Lake three years ago today.

Mark Amore, 46, of McHenry, died on April 16, 2020, 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.

Amore became trapped inside the cab of the machinery and attempts to remove him were unsuccessful.

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Firefighter Mark Amore (inset) died on April 16, 2020, following an accident near Ben Watts Marina, 116 South Route 12 in Fox Lake. | Inset: Provided; Background Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A crane was used to remove the skid steer from the water and emergency crews were then able to free Amore from the vehicle.

Paramedics transported him 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.

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He previously worked as a lieutenant for 20 years at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District on Sunday said they were remembering Amore and his family on the three-year anniversary of his death.

Firefighters from McHenry and Lincolnshire stand next to Mark Amore’s casket at the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry before a procession in April 2020. | Photo: LMCS File Photo

“Please take a moment today and remember Firefighter Paramedic Mark Amore, and all of his family, as another year has passed since we lost such an influential member of our organization,” the fire district said.

“Even though Mark is no longer with us physically his memories, and all that he did to help the organization get to where we are today, will never be forgotten,” the district added.

Amore left behind his parents, wife and two children.

“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.

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“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,” the obituary said.