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Macomb Mourns Death of Fire Chief

Sep 30, 2016

The body of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor, 46, was found in a wooded area near Route 67 and University Drive late Thursday afternoon.  A preliminary investigation indicates he took his own life.

“We’ve lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mayor Mike Inman. “The Taylor family has lost a father, a husband, a brother, and a son.”

The city announced Taylor's death at a brief news conference Friday morning. Mayor MIke Inman is at the podium. He was joined by (from left to right) City Clerk Melanie Falk, Interim Fire Chief J.R. Hyde, Police Lt. Dave Burnham, and Coroner Eric Jameson.
Credit Rich Egger

A pedestrian called 911 after finding Taylor’s body near a path that connects the former movie theater parking lot to a residential area to the north. 

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Inman said there is no indication why Taylor took his own life.

Taylor was hired by the Macomb Fire Department in October, 1996. He was appointed chief in August, 2006.

“Andy was the eternal professional, a young man who was dedicated to his job,” said Inman, who worked for Illinois State Police before becoming mayor. “I have good memories of working with Andy. I could always count on Andy. This is just a huge loss.”

Deputy Chief J.R. Hyde will serve as interim fire chief.