Sandwich Fire Station

Sandwich Fire Department officials pull out fire trucks and emergency vehicles ahead of Fire Chief Jake Pruski's visitation and funeral. ( photo by Tyler Bachman)

The Sandwich Fire Protection District will remain with Deputy Fire Chief Nathan King at the helm of the department for the present time, following the recent passing of Sandwich Fire Chief Jason "Jake" Pruski.

Officials say the Sandwich Fire Protection District Board of Trustees did not have any discussion or action on an interim chief or for that matter, movement toward a permanent chief at their meeting this past week, still grieving from the loss of Chief Pruski on July 29th.

Chief Pruski was laid to rest last Saturday with a funeral at the Sandwich Fire Department, on E. Railroad St. with a processional line of emergency vehicles from departments across the area.

Pruski was sworn-in as Sandwich's fire chief in July of 2016, starting with the fire district in 1989. Throughout his career, Pruski additionally served as a fire science teacher at Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich and Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

Pruski's cause of death has not yet been disclosed, however, it was not fire related.

Meanwhile, officials with the department say trustees did approve two memorial benches, one for Pruski and the other for former Chief Don Rimgale who Pruski succeeded.

Rimgale passed away in 2017. Deputy Chief King told WSPY last week that members of the department had already been discussing ways to honor Chief Pruski's passing.