Some of Illinois' greatest residents over the decades died in 2003
December 28, 2003
Wayne Peplow, a father of three and a Vietnam War Army veteran, was a volunteer firefighter at the age of 19.
Peplow found his way growing up in West Peoria where he began his firefighter career in the late 1960s. He served with the West Peoria Fire Department for 10 years, where he became assistant chief.
In 1975, Peplow joined the Dunlap Fire Department, becoming district chief and fire marshal in 1982. He served the department for 21 years.
At the time of his death, Peplow was vice president of the Central Illinois Fire Investigators Association.
Besides his dedication to fire fighting, Peplow worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 37 years as a facility engineering supervisor. He retired in 1999.
Peplow died just three weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 59.
Dunlap Fire Chief Fondly Remembered June 4, 2003