Firefighter found dead in South Side home

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CHICAGO --   A firefighter was found dead inside his far South Side home this afternoon.

His fellow firefighters responded to a blaze 11000 block of  S. St. Louis in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood around 3:30 p.m

While searching the home and battling the fire, they discovered the body of Lt Rob Spoon in the basement.

Lt Spoon was rushed to a waiting ambulance but WGN News learned it quickly became clear he had taken his own life.

Lt Spoon was a full-time paramedic for the Chicago Fire Dept and a part-time firefighter and paramedic at the small department in Hometown.

Fellow firefighters call Spoon a leader and as well as a prankster.

In 2015, the Hometown department named Spoon firefighter of the year for his work coordinating its EMS department.

His death hit area first-responders very hard. Back in November, WGN’s Dina Bair did a special report on PTSD and its impact on firefighters.

Lt Spoon was close friends with Lt Ryan Elwood, nephew of WGN New’s own Patrick Elwood.  Ryan, also a Hometown firefighter, also took his own life on September 8th, 2015.  His family shared his story as part of the special report.

His family set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe