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SPRINGFIELD, IL – With great sadness, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OFSM) announced the death of Former State Fire Marshal Thomas L. Armstead, which occurred on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Armstead served as State Fire Marshal from 1991-2001. His dedication to the fire service was exemplified by his many accomplishments during his tenure as the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Under his direction, OSFM played a major role in the design and placement of the Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Springfield. The office also initiated the Illinois’ Firefighter License Plate program to assist in the maintenance of the Memorial. In addition, OSFM established the statewide Fire Fighter Annual Medal of Honor Ceremony which honors members of the fire service killed or seriously injured in the line of duty and those who have displayed exceptional bravery or heroism while performing their duties, and the Illinois State Fire Museum located at the State Fairgrounds opened to the public.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Armstead’s family during this difficult time. His legacy of hard work and dedication to public service will always be remembered,” said Larry Matkaitis, State Fire Marshal.

Additionally, during Armstead’s tenure, OSFM was successful in twice adopting updated editions of the NFPA Life Safety Code to serve as the state’s code for fire prevention and safety. Armstead joined the Springfield Fire Department in 1960 and served as Chief of the Springfield Fire Department from 1985-1988.

The following is the information for the funeral arrangements:

Wake: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 3:00 to 7:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home

1109 S. 5th Street

Springfield, IL


Funeral: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Christ The King Parish

1930 Barberry Drive

Springfield, IL

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