Paul Boecker
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Boecker, Paul H. "Bud" Died peacefully with his family at his side August 14, 2011. He was born September 9, 1931 in Aurora, IL. He was a graduate of Lincoln Jr. College and North Central College with B.S. degree in Business. Paul Boecker started as a firefighter in Naperville, IL in 1952 and joined the Lisle Fire Department as Fire Chief in 1971.Chief Boecker helped turn the volunteer department into a full-time fire department and grew the department to be the first Fire District to be ISO class 1 in the United States. Chief Boecker created dignity from devastation by organizing a response team of fire chiefs to assist in firefighters funerals that hit local fire departments too frequently. On a national level, Chief Boecker served as chairman of the Emergency Management Committee of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for 14 years. He is the author of "Common Sense Disaster Management Think Big!" program presented at numerous state fire schools.Chief Boecker would go anywhere to help anyone. His quick wit, and commanding presence, made him a popular public speaker- whether it was as field master of ceremonies for the nations largest one-day fire school " Monroe Fire School" in Monroe, WI. Chief Boecker served as Master of Ceremonies for eight years for the IAFC's Officers Installation Banquet.Chief Boecker was committed to education in fire service. He was a charter member of the National Advisory Committee for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Integrate Emergency Management System and served as an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute at the National Fire Academy. He served as Technical Consultant for three Federal Emergency Management Manuals including "Disaster Planning Guidelines for Fire Chiefs"Chief Boecker was the first fire chief to serve six years as Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) in its 59 years. He also was the Association's representative to the Congressional Fire Services in Washington DC and the joint Council of National Fire Service organizations.In May of 2000, Chief Boecker was named the 2nd recipient of the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership award, which was presented to him by the speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, at the National Fire and Emergency Services dinner in Washington, D.C.On July 2, 2004 he retired from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District and was named Fire Chief Emeritus. In 2005, the Trustees dedicated Fire Station No. 1 and its headquarters to Fire Chief Emeritus Boecker. He is survived by his wife Sonja J. (nee Sinclair) of Lisle, IL his sons Paul H. (Nancy) Boecker III of Oswego, Il and Alex J. "AJ" (Krissie) of Westmont, IL. Grandchildren Paul H. IV John J. and Alex J. Jr. His sister Ann S. Boecker of Naperville, IL. He was Preceded in death by his parents Paul H. and Mariam (nee Morgan) Boecker. Visitation will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle, IL Thursday August 18, 2011 from 2:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with fire department honor guard service at 7:00 P.M. Additional visitation will be Friday from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Naperville Cemetery. Memorials preferred to 100 Club of DuPage Co., Little Friends, Inc. IL. Fire Chiefs Educational & Research Foundation or International Fire Chiefs Association Foundation. Services are being handled by the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home & Crematory, 516 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL.Info (630) 355-0264.

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