The Village of South Holland is mourning the loss of a 29-year-old firefighter who died during a training exercise Wednesday.
Dylan Cunningham of Thornton was transported from Haigh Quarry Lake, Kankakee, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 10:40 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
South Holland Village Administrator J. Wynsma said the south suburb was “deeply saddened to report the tragic loss” of Cunningham, a 9-year department veteran who died after an underwater dive training exercise.
“In the days ahead we will be doing everything we can to support the Cunningham family,” Wynsma said in a statement. “We ask that you keep Dylan’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused his death. An autopsy is scheduled in Cook County.
“We know you have many questions, and so do we,” Wynsma said. “Our efforts will bring conclusions that we will share with you in the coming days.”
Cunningham was a part-time firefighter at the department since 2011, and began serving full time in 2018, Wynsma said. He also served in the Illinois National Guard since 2012.
A procession of South Holland fire engines could be seen early Thursday at the medical examiner’s office on the Near West Side.