On the morning of April 2, 2020, a funeral was held for Freeport Truck Company ex-Captain Chris Loche who passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2020, from COVID19.

Unfortunately, with the pandemic still widespread across the area the funeral was scaled down with a memorial service planned for a later date. Members of Freeport Truck Company and the Freeport Fire Department were still able to line Church Street as the procession passed Truck Company quarters before going to the cemetery. 

Ex-Captain Loche, who passed away one day before his fiftieth birthday, was a member of the Freeport Fire Department for 25 years and upon resigning only a few years ago was granted associate membership.

During his time in the department, Chris rose through the ranks and served as a well-respected Captain of the company, was the department’s Executive Secretary, and assisted in firefighting operations following the September 11 terrorist attacks. He was also instrumental in the success of the Dead-End Kids Drill Team — both when they were old fashioned and motorized.

Outside of the fire service Chris was a loving father to his children Ryan and Kaitlyn. As a hockey coach he also inspired many kids, teaching them important lessons both on and off the ice.

– Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com