Orland Fire Protection District officials this week expressed shock and grief over the loss of a comrade.
Firefighter Wesley B. “Wes” Peak, of Manteno, died last Sunday morning when his northbound vehicle struck a pole on Interstate-57. OFPD officials said he was on his way to work when the one-vehicle crash occurred.
“Wes was with the Orland Fire Protection District for seven years,” said OFPD Chief Ken Brucki, in a statement released Sunday evening. “He touched so many lives in a positive way. It is equally heartbreaking to the organization, as it is on his family.”
Mr. Peak was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:43 a.m., according to published reports. The crash on I-57 in south suburban Matteson remains under investigation, officials said.
Mr. Peak is survived by his wife, Melissa (nee White); son, Jaxson Wesley, age 2; parents, William and Linda (nee Baldridge) Peak; brothers, Phillip (Maria), Douglas, and Andrew Peak; mother-in-law, Sandi White (Jeff Winfield), father-in-law, Rob (Debbie) White; sister-in-law, Jennifer Goncher; brother-in-law, Rick (Tara) White; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation for Mr. Peak will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday) at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave., Orland Park. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Parkview Christian Church, 11100 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Jaxson Memorial Fund. Details are available online at colonialchapel.com.