Tribute to Ivan LaGrand
With great sadness, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and IAFF Local 1084 announce the passing of our friend and family member, Captain Ivan LaGrand. Ivan died Wednesday evening December 1, 2021, after a brief battle with COVID-19.
Ivan has served our community since August 1996 and was looking forward to his retirement in about a year. His humor and his concern for his brothers and sisters in public safety will be sorely missed.
Captain Ivan LaGrand was a public servant his entire adult life. Captain LaGrand began his career in emergency medical services with the North Scott Ambulance District and worked as a full-time paramedic from 1987 until he was hired with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department in 1996. He continued as a part-time employee with the North Scott Ambulance District until 2005. He joined the NBC Fire Protection District in 1990. Working his way up, he retired as a District Chief in 2012. Captain LaGrand continued his career in public service and became a DPS Officer at SEMO University from 2001 to 2011. Captain LaGrand also played a pivotal role in educating young minds so that ‘They become emergency medical technicians as an instructor for the Career and Technology Center here in Cape Girardeau. Captain LaGrand also helped teach Firefighter 1 and 2 and CPR courses at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department until his death. Ivan was also a founding member of Seniors and Firefighters Engaged (SAFE) which helped promote fire safety within our senior community. He served as a reserve assistant and emergency dispatcher for the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department. Ivan was a member of the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri and the Jefferson County Fire Marshals Association.
The community is encouraged to line up the procession route as a sign of support. The mayor of Cape Girardeau has requested that all flags be at half mast until dusk on the day of the burial.
The utilities are as follows:
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021, at La Croix United Methodist Church, 3102 Lexington Ave, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
- A guided tour of the uniformed members will meet at 7:30 p.m., bringing services to an end.
- Those wishing to report to Coffin Vigil should contact Scott Bennett – 618-697-2855.
11 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at La Croix United Methodist Church, 3102 Lexington Ave, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
- Guards of honor / bagpipes and drums are required – contact Scott Bennett – 618-697-2855.
- Agencies wishing to bring vehicles and / or devices for the parade should contact Greg Foote – 573-380-5935.
From the church turn right onto Lexington passing the roundabout to Kingshighway. Turn left and head south on Kingshighway, then left on William St. East towards S. Sprigg. At S. Sprigg, turn left and head north to Broadway. At Broadway turn right and head east to Main St. At Main St. turn left and head north to the cemetery. (Click on the map or use Google for a larger map).
- Traffic advisory – Anticipate traffic delays during the Tuesday noon procession. Several streets and intersections along the route could be blocked intermittently. Commuters are advised to consider alternative routes at this time.
Hobbs Chapel Cemetery, 3024 State Highway 177, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
All firefighter honors will be bestowed.
- Hotel room block
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott, under the Ivan LaGrand name. Please call reception at 573-240-9420 or use the following reservation link: Reserve your hotel room for Ivan LaGrand’s funeral service
Media are respectfully requested to avoid the interior of the church and cemetery. Media access areas will be available outside the church and cemetery. With a helicopter flight planned, the use of drones is prohibited over the cemetery. Further media inquiries should be directed to the Town of Cape Girardeau Public Information Office at 573-837-8664.