Former Joliet fire chief Walsh dies at 77
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 26, 2013 7:18PM
Guest speaker Larry Walsh, retired chief, Joliet Fire Department, speaks at Exchange Club of Joliet luncheon at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet, Illinois, Tuesday, October 9, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:43AM
JOLIET — Retired Fire Chief Larry M. Walsh died in hospice Wednesday at age 77.
Walsh was a 30-year veteran of the Joliet Fire Department who served as chief from 1991 to 1998. He also started the fire science program at Joliet Junior College.
“He was so dedicated to the fire service and the city. He was so proud to be the fire chief,” Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said Thursday.
“Anyone working on the department was one of ‘his guys.’ He and his wife (Arlene) considered it the chief’s duty to know all of us, and we knew he’d take care of us,” Randich said.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, Joliet. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday followed by a private burial.