Pit bulls kill fire fighter – now will it be to blame when a house burns down ?


A firefighter found dead in her home in the far west suburb of Big Rock had been killed by her dog, police said Wednesday.

Dawn Brown, 44, was discovered by her husband about 4:15 p.m. Monday in their home in the 400 block of Jefferson Street in Big Rock.

An autopsy completed Tuesday showed she died from injuries caused by one of her dogs, a mastiff, said Kane County Sheriff’s police Lt. Pat Gengler.

Brown was home alone with the mastiff and the couple’s two other dogs, a boxer and a pit bull mix, he said.

Gengler said police still are trying to determine what prompted the attack and if the dog showed previous violent behavior. All three dogs were in the custody of Kane County animal control, he said.

Like her husband, Brown was a volunteer firefighter with the Big Rock Fire Protection District – the department that responded to the call. Brown also worked full time with the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District in Yorkville.

“To pronounce one of your own dead is probably one of the hardest things we have to do,” said Big Rock Fire Cpt. Debra Raymond. “We live in a small town, so we know everyone. . .But when it’s a member of your own team. . .we’re like extended family.”

Both Raymond and Bristol Kendall’s Chief Michael Hitzemann described Brown as a nurturing woman with a flair for cooking and baking.

“She was just a great friend at the station,” Hitzemann said.



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