UPDATE 7/30/19 at 5:15 p.m. 

Funeral and visitation information has been announced for Sandwich's late fire chief, Jason "Jake" Pruski, who passed away on Monday at the age of 47. 

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Sandwich Fire Department, 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, with Chaplain Paul Bannister and Pastor Derek Rogers officiating. 

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Sandwich Fire Department. 

Memorials may be directed to Jason’s children. 

Pruski was sworn-in as Sandwich's Fire Chief in July of 2016, starting with the district in 1989. 

Throughout his career, Pruski additionally served as a fire science teacher at Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich and had also been a fire science instructor at Waubonsee Community College.

Pruski is a 1990 graduate of Sandwich High School. His father, Mike Pruski, and brother, Jeff Pruski additionally served as a Sandwich firefighters.

View Pruski's full obituary, below: 

Jason “Jake” R. Pruski, 47, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born February 21, 1972 in Sandwich, IL, the son of Michael R. and Carol L. (Rogers) Pruski.  He married Kristine M. Edwards on May 6, 2005 in Sycamore, IL. 

Jake has been the Chief of the Sandwich Community Fire Protection District for three years but he had been a member of over 30 years.  He was a fire science Instructor at Indian Valley Vocational Center and Waubonsee Community College. 

Jake was a carpenter at heart, he loved to build furniture and countless other objects.  He was a huge sports fan, with NASCAR and the Chicago Bulls being his favorites. He was an amazing father to his four children and loving husband.  Jake’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, especially his kids.

He is survived by his wife, Kristy of Sandwich, IL; his parents, Michael and Carol of Sandwich, IL; his four children, Baleigh Pruski of Yorkville, IL, Bridgett Pruski of Plano, IL, Connor and Ava Pruski both of Sandwich, IL; two brothers, Jeremy (Heather) Pruski of St. Gabriel, LA and Jeff (Christy) Pruski of Sandwich, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Earl and Vivian Rogers, Mike and Adelaide Pruski, and his uncle, Steven E. Rogers, DDS.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Sandwich Fire Department, 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich Fire Department with Chaplain Paul Bannister and Pastor Derek Rogers officiating.  

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Sandwich Fire Department.  Memorials may be directed to Jason’s children.  For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com

UPDATE 7/30/19 at 12:00 p.m.:

Funeral and memorial arrangements remain pending for Sandwich's late fire chief who passed away on Monday.

That's according to Sandwich Deputy Fire Chief Nathan King confirmed Chief Jason "Jake" Pruski's passing to WSPY on Monday afternoon.

Numerous area fire and police authorities have offered condolences. Pruski was 47 years old.

Details of his passing have not been disclosed and officials, pending discussions with family. Deputy Chief King indicated Sandwich Fire will provide more information as it becomes available and said Tuesday that officials are also meeting with Pruski's family regarding further arrangement information.

Pruski was sworn-in as Sandwich's Fire Chief in July of 2016, starting with the district in 1989. He succeeded Don Rimgale as chief, who retired and has since passed away, as well.

Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek spoke about Pruski's dedication to the fire service. He says Pruski was among those in the fire service, truly there to help people and was among those who had the job, "wired into them."

Big Rock Fire Chief John Rue thanked Chief Pruski for his service and said the mutual aid between Sandwich Fire and Big Rock Fire was always commendable and crews were always there if help was needed.

Bristol-Kendall Fire Chief Jim Bateman also said Chief Pruski was a, "great guy."

Officials with the Newark Fire Protection District said in a statement that their thoughts and prayers go out to Chief Pruski’s family, friends, the Sandwich Fire Department and the entire community mourning this loss.

Members of the Sandwich Fire Protection District Board, Sandwich Police, LaSalle Fire and many others have shared thoughts, as well. 

Throughout his career, Pruski additionally served as a fire science teacher at Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich and had also been a fire science instructor at Waubonsee Community College.

Somonauk Fire Chief Pat Colford said that on behalf of himself and Somonauk Fire trustees were deeply saddened. Colford said, "Chief Pruski 'Jake' was very instrumental in building the IVVC program forward and getting a training site for them to use at the school." He said Pruski's, "positive and progressive contributions to the program directly affected the lives of many in the surrounding communities and the effectiveness of a new generation of firefighters" and that,"this is in turn also had a dramatic positive impact on the surrounding fire departments." 

Pruski is a 1990 graduate of Sandwich High School. His father, Mike Pruski, and brother, Jeff Pruski additionally served as a Sandwich firefighters.

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(Left) Sandwich Fire Chief Jake Pruski with his father (right) Mike Pruski. (Photo provided)

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(Left to right) Sandwich Fire Chief Jake Pruski, father Mike Pruski and brother Jeff Pruski (photo provided)

When installed as fire chief, Jake Pruski told WSPY of serving that, "It was just my calling" and that, "there is a lot of reward in helping people."

Chief Pruski often provided details of Sandwich fire calls to WSPY in an effort to provide information to the community.

WSPY will bring you more information on Pruski's passing as it becomes available.