Services are planned next Friday for Evanston Fire Department Chaplain David Jones, who died of cancer Tuesday morning at age 71.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Polep says Jones was appointed chaplain on Patriots Day in 2011 and transformed what it means to minister to firefighters and police officers. 

“He unfailingly placed the needs of others first as he actively supported each and every one of us both professionally and personally,” Polep says.

“From a shoulder to lean on after a sad or tragic call for service on the street, to the joy of officiating a wedding of one of our members, he was always there; always positive,” Polep added. “He was steadfast in his love and support for over 300 firefighters and police officers and their families and, as a result, became a genuine member of our department and our family in every respect.”

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Ave. in Kenilworth. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation, St. Leonard’s Ministries in Chicago, or the Church of Holy Comforter.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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