Elmwood fire chief remembers life of beloved firefighter, friend



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ELMWOOD (WEEK) — Residents of Elmwood, including the city’s fire chief, are remembering the life of 55-year old Ken Musgrave.

Fire chief Bob Tannock described Musgrave as “the perfect fireman.”

“Ken was an every-day guy – didn’t want any credit for anything,” Tannock said. “Super hard working, worked tons of overtime, and when he did have some free time, he’d show up here and donate his time.”

On Monday morning, Musgrave was found in his car near the intersection of Dogtown and Graham Chapel Roads.

Peoria County coroner Jamie Harwood says his death was most likely a “medical event.”

More than 100 people attended a service held for Musgrave at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home Thursday morning.

“It was a celebration of Ken,” Tannock said. “It was tough for most of the people that were there, but it was short and sweet just like Ken would’ve wanted it.”

Tannock says Musgrave didn’t have any strangers – he volunteered with the Elmwood Fire Department for 18 years and the two coached Little League and football together.

“He was involved in multiple projects that we had going on around here,” Tannock said. “We built the new fire truck and Ken was apart of the truck committee … Fortunately, everybody comes together and works as a team. And Ken defined team.”

The department attached a wreath to the front of one of its engines in Musgrave’s honor.

The wreath – along with Musgrave’s uniform and gear – was given to his son and daughter.

“The department is family. This family fights like brothers all the time … We all kind of band together and help each other through the tough times,” Tannock said.

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