Patrick J Cramer
Our uncle and our father's youngest brother.
A profile of Pat Cramer
by Teacher Bob McFarland, Community High School District 218, in south suburban Chicago".
Patrick J Cramer, 51 a long-time member of the District 218 staff, died suddenly on November 15, 2004. He had worked at Eisenhower and Richards high schools as a substitute teacher for more than 15 years. "He was in school so much, though, it was more like he was a full-time teacher. He had clearly embrached teaching in 218 as a second career," said Superintendent Dr. Kevin Burns. "He was a true gentleman who always saw the positive side of things. He also took a great personal interest in our students. It wasn't at all uncommon to see him at ballgames cheering our players on. I was always impressed by that. We've lost a great friend and colleague.
Cramer worked full-time as a Chicago firefighter. He and his wife Joanne, have two children. He was a member of the Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444 and Chicago Fire Fighters Local #2.
"Pat worked as a substitute teacher for many years. He was the kind of guy you could always count on. Pat subbed in many different classrooms over the years and always handled his responsibilities with great pride. He was a likable person and treated everyone with respect. Pat will be missed greatly by his friends at Eisenhower," said principal Joe Fowler.
Eisenhower teacher and varsity baseball coach Dan Mahoney met Cramer soon after he graduated from college.
"My first job out of college was as a substitute teacher at Eisenhower and I had the opportunity to get to know Pat well. Pat was the perfect substitute. The kids liked him and you always knew that your classes were in good hands if you had Pat Cramer as your substitute. On a personal level, I will always remember Pat for his smile and easy-going nature. He never seemed upset or irritated in a job that lends itself to so much frustration. His personality, integrity and demeanor were a perfect fit for a high school environment. He will be missed by students, staff, and the entire Eisenhower family," Mahoney said.
IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
Colorado Springs, CO
September 16, 2006
FF Dies Of Heart Attack
Patrick J. Cramer, 51, career firefighter, Chicago Fire Department, died November 15, 2004, when he suffered a heart attack after responding to numerous calls during an overtime shift
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Emergency Duty: Yes
Incident Date: 11/15/2004
Duty Type: After
Incident Time: 21:20
Activity Type: Other
Death Date: 11/15/2004
Fixed Prop. Use: Public Assembly
Fire Dept. Info:
Chicago Fire Department
10 West 35th Street
Chicago , Illinois 60616
Chief: Deputy Commissioner William T. Donohue
Firefighter Cramer worked an overtime shift from 1000hrs on Nov 14, 2004 through 0800hrs on Nov 15, 2004. During the shift, Firefighter Cramer responded to 8 emergency incidents, including a working structural fire. At approx 2120hrs on Nov 15, 2004, Firefighter Cramer was playing basketball with friends at a local high school gym. He suddenly collapsed of an apparent heart attack. Friends called 911, and fire department paramedics responded. Firefighter Cramer was transported to the hospital but did not recover.
Link to photo montage for Memorial.
Wife JoAnn Cramer, son Jack and nephew Brian Cramer, LaGrange FireFighter attending Memorial