Death: Crown Point fire chief has died at 57 – Dave Crane, who is known for his booming laugh, has always aspired to be a firefighter and has served in the department for the past 30 years. Crane, the city’s fire chief, passed away on Friday at the age of 57. Crown Point Mayor David Uran said in a statement that “beyond his leadership with the city, Chief Crane was a member of the Crown Point family.”
According to chicagotribune.com, “Our community and his family have suffered a huge loss.” My heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Janet, as well as his children and grandchildren. “Words cannot express how much he will be missed.” Crane had a large family, with his wife of 30 years, Janet Crane, and six children, Julie (Joe) Replin, Nicole Karrson, Steven (Angela) Pruett, Jamie Crane, Shawn (Jessica) Crane, and Kevin (Kristin) Pruett, as well as 13 grandchildren.
Crane began volunteering with Crown Point Fire Rescue in the early 1990s. He became a division chief because he enjoyed firefighting. He was also the first full-time fire chief and qualified paramedic in the city. In January 2017, he was promoted to division chief. Crane worked as a Crown Point fire inspector for eight years in addition to his employment.