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In Remembrance of Retired Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Charles Henrici

Post Date:03/07/2019 11:00 AM
Retired Fire Chief Charles Henrici

It is with great sadness that Elk Grove Village announces the passing of retired Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Charles (Chuck) Henrici.

Chief Henrici served with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department for 21 years, including 8 years as the Village’s Fire Chief and Civil Defense Director from 1980-1988. After he retired from the Elk Grove Village Fire Department, Henrici served for 27 years as a member of the Village’s Plan Commission, from 1989-2016.

“Chuck was a pillar of our Village, a true community servant who always put the needs of others ahead of his own. His dedication and commitment to the Village have helped shape this community.” said Mayor Craig Johnson, “Chuck was a wonderful man whom I was fortunate to know my entire life. I am deeply saddened by his passing.”

Chief Henrici was born November 21, 1935. He started his career in 1958 as a Firefighter with the Skokie Fire Department. He worked in Skokie for eight years and was instrumental in starting their Fire Prevention Bureau. In 1967, Henrici began as a Firefighter in Elk Grove Village, as he used to explain, “because it was a new and growing department with more challenges and opportunity”.

During his time with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department, Chief Henrici served in all established ranks, including the position of Fire Chief, which he held from 1980 through 1988. In 1988 he retired from the Elk Grove Village Fire Department after serving the Village for 21 years. He then accepted a position with the River Forest Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief from 1988-2002.

Chief Henrici was very well known and highly respected in the American Fire Service, having served in numerous local, state and national capacities with distinction and honor. He was a true leader in fire prevention activities, with strong desire to reduce the human suffering and property damage caused by fire. As part of his lifelong service to others, Chief Henrici served as an instructor for the Harper College Fire Science Program, guiding numerous students into successful fire service careers.

Henrici was also a dedicated member of the Elk Grove Village Plan Commission from 1989 until his true retirement in 2016. During his time on the Plan Commission, Henrici helped shape the community through work on numerous developments, including: the growth of Alexian Brothers (Amita), Wal-Mart, Super Kmart, Home Depot, and the redevelopment of the former Grove Mall into the Town Center.

Chief Charles Henrici committed his life to the service of others. In honor of this legacy, Mayor Craig Johnson has ordered all flags in the Village to be flown at half-staff from sunrise Friday morning, March 8, 2019, through sunset on Monday evening, March 11, 2019.

Visitation for Chief Charles Henrici will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Closing prayers will take place at Grove Memorial Chapel on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:00 am. Funeral Services will then take place at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 150 Lions Drive, Elk Grove Village, followed by burial at the Elk Grove Cemetery, located at Interstate 90 and Arlington Heights Road.

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