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Lieut Scott P. Gillen

Lieut Scott P. Gillen

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 23 Dec 2000 (aged 36–37)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 80461650 · View Source
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Newly appointed Lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department, Scott Gillen, 37, the father of five daughters, was killed as he was working at the scene of a traffic accident shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Lieutenant Gillen and members of his truck company were dispatched to the site of a motor vehicle collision on an expressway to provide a traffic shield with their apparatus and to assist ambulance personnel. Two state police cars were positioned behind the ladder truck in a further attempt to divert traffic. As the incident was being concluded, Lieutenant Gillen walked around the truck to make sure that everything was ready to go. As Lieutenant Gillen walked, a passenger car ran over a line of flares in an attempt to slip by traffic. The car then struck a tractor trailer, spun, and pinned Lieutenant Gillen between the car and the ladder truck. Lieutenant Gillen was treated at the scene and then airlifted to the hospital. His legs were crushed in the collision, and he had lost a substantial amount of blood. He died 10 hours later at an area hospital. The driver of the car that struck Lieutenant Gillen was under the influence of alcohol and was driving on a suspended driver's license.

There were no other serious injuries in the crash.

Police said the driver of the car, Carlando Hurt, failed to merge around the parked emergency vehicles. Other charges Hunt faces include failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license. At a bond hearing, prosecutors also told the judge that Hurt was legally drunk at the time of the crash, the Chicago Tribune reported. Hunt's bond was set at $400,000. He was later charged with reckless homicide.


Gillen was a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department and is part of a firefighting family. He had been promoted to lieutenant just two weeks ago. The death was the second this year in Chicago involving a vehicle-related accident.

Cause of Death: Internal Trauma

Nature of Death: Struck by a car & pinned to his Fire truck by a drunk driver.

Visitation services for Gillen will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 26th from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sheehy Funeral Home in the 9000 block of W. 151st Street in Orland Park, Ill.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 27th at 10 a.m. at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, at 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave. in Chicago.

Scott's Law, also known as the "Move Over Law," requires motorists to yield to moving emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles, displaying oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights. Additionally, Scott's Law requires a driver to change lanes (if safe to do so) or reduce speed and proceed with caution when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights.....Scott's Law was enacted in 2001, in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed in 2000 by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway.


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