Peplow, who retired from Caterpillar after 37 years, also worked as a part-time fire investigator. He served as vice president of the Central Illinois Fire Investigators Association. He was a Vietnam War veteran, and he achieved the rank of first lieutenant. He became a volunteer firefighter in West Peoria when he was 19 years old. He stayed there for 10 years and became assistant chief. In 1975, he joined the Dunlap Fire Department and became chief in 1982. He was a certified emergency medical technician, fire investigator, firefighter, fire investigator and HazMat technician. He was a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, National Association of Fire Investigators, International Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Arson Investigators and the Illinois Firefighters Association. He was a two-term president of the Peoria Area Fireman's Association. He and his wife, Jane, have three children.
Dunlap mourns fire chief
For the second time in a week, firefighters bury one of their own