Dozens of first responders join funeral procession for Cape Girardeau fire captain

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 11:39 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2021 at 11:28 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Fire Captain Ivan LaGrand was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon, December 7.

Dozens of first responders gathered to join his funeral procession.

It started at La Croix United Methodist Church on Lexington Ave. in Cape Girardeau and traveled through town.

He was buried at Hobbs Chapel Cemetery on State Highway 177.

LaGrand passed away Wednesday night, December 1 after a brief battle with COVID-19.

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Posted by Cape Girardeau Fire Department on Thursday, December 2, 2021

According to the city’s Facebook post, “his humor and care for his brothers and sisters in public safety will be greatly missed.”

Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox released this statement on Thursday:

“I was very sad to hear of the passing of Ivan LaGrand. As a long time employee of our Fire Department, he was well respected and considered public safety his family. I understand he was looking forward to retirement soon, so it is unfortunate that he will miss enjoying that part of his life. He will be missed.”

Mayor Fox ordered U.S. and Missouri flags at public buildings in Cape Girardeau should be flown at half-staff until sunset the day of interment to honor LaGrand.

The flag was at half-staff and black and purple bunting was hung over two garage doors at Cape...
The flag was at half-staff and black and purple bunting was hung over two garage doors at Cape Girardeau Fire Station 1 on Sprigg Street on Thursday, Dec. 2.(KFVS)

City leaders said LaGrand served the community for more than 25 years, starting back in August 1996, and was looking forward to retirement in about a year.

He worked for other departments in southeast Missouri, as well.

According to the city, LaGrand started his career in emergency medical services with North Scott Ambulance District and worked as a full-time paramedic from 1987 until he was hired at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department in 1996.

He continued as a part-time employee with North Scott Ambulance District until 2005. He joined NBC Fire Protection District in 1990.

In 2012, he retired as chief of the district, but he continued on with public service and became a DPS officer with Southeast Missouri State University from 2001 to 2011.

LaGrand was also an instructor for the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau, as well as assisting with teaching firefighter 1 and 2 classes and CPR classes at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department until his passing.

The city said he was a founding member of Seniors and Firefighters Engaged, which helped promote fire safety in the senior community.

He also served as a reserve deputy and emergency dispatcher for the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a member of the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri and the Jefferson County Fire Marshals Association.

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