A man who died after he was found during a fire in a home in Mt. Greenwood suffered a gunshot wound, according to media reports.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) Office of News Affairs said officers responded to a fire on the 11400 block of South St. Louis Avenue at about 3:27 p.m. on June 1. They discovered an unresponsive male who was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC), where he was pronounced dead.
According to Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Spokesperson Larry Langford, the man was identified as Robert Spoon, 28, a full-time paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and a part-time paramedic and firefighter with the Hometown Fire Protection District.
Reports said Spoon's death was a suicide; Langford said that the death was “definitely not by the fire” and that Spoon suffered a traumatic injury.
The CFD Media Twitter account posted that Spoon was a CFD paramedic for two and half years and a firefighter in Hometown for 10 years.
The Hometown Fire Protection District also tweeted a message regarding the death, saying, "It is with deep regret and sorrow to report the death of Lt Rob Spoon today."
Police said the CPD Arson Unit is conducting an investigation, and the CPD is conducting a death investigation.
The Ende, Menzer, Walsh, Quinn (EMWQ) Retirees', Widows' and Children's Assistance Fund, a non-profit organization that supports families of CFD personnel who have died, also announced Spoon's death on social media and said that it "will be providing immediate assistance to his family through the generosity of our donors."
To make a donation to the organization, visit the website at widowsandchildren.org.