A Benefit for Brown: Community Festival to Honor Fallen Firefighter

Published 09/18 2013 05:58PM

Updated 09/18 2013 11:06PM

HUDSON – Central Illinois is uniting in honor of a McLean County firefighter who died in the line of duty this year.

Chris Brown had been a member of both the Bloomington and Hudson fire departments.

In March while assisting the Hudson crew, his life was cut tragically short in a highway accident.

Now, six months later a special event is being planned in Brown's honor, and everyone is encouraged to take part.

Chris Brown Benefit and Tribute:

“He's always looking over us and we know that,” said Hudson Fire Captain Shane Hill.  “That's part of why we're doing this event."

Those who knew Chris Brown say he'll forever be remembered for his dedication to community.

"He was a father.  He was a great firefighter both with the city of Bloomington and with us as a volunteer,” said firefighter Bobby Dicken.

"When Chris passed away in March of this year we saw our community come together in amazing ways,” added Hill.
That's why members of the Hudson Fire Department are putting the finishing touches on a village festival paying tribute to the Brown family.

"The resiliency of the department begins by doing events like this,” Hill explained.  “We’re not going to let his memory pass by."

After many late nights, and weeks of planning, Saturday September 21st, Hudson streets are expected to be packed with people.

"Probably could be by far one of the biggest events we've seen,” said Dicken.

The family friendly benefit will offer games, activities, and lots of food.

At night, a street party featuring live entertainment takes place.

"It will be phenomenal, if we can get everybody to come out and show support for Chris and his family,” said Hill.

Next October Brown will be honored in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

"We want to be able to send his extended family, his friends, everybody to that enshrinement out in Maryland and we're going to raise as many funds as we can to make that happen,” said Dicken.

The firefighters say it's their way of showing the legacy of their hometown hero will never be forgotten.

The Main Event:

Saturday September 21st

Front Street, Hudson

Family activities, games, concessions: 2pm

Street festival, Brushville Concert: 8pm

All are encouraged to attend


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