TAVARES — Memorial services for Lake County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Jack Fillman, who passed away on July 30, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Lake Receptions, 4425 N. U.S. Highway 19A, Mount Dora. The memorial service is open to the public, however guests wishing to pay their respects are asked to carpool due to expected parking limitations at the venue. Additionally, overflow parking will be available at AMVETS Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way, Mount Dora.
The motorcade and memorial procession will begin at the Lake County Fairgrounds, located at 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis, head east along State Road 44 and turn south onto State Road 19 before reaching the venue on U.S. Highway 19A. Congestion along the route of the procession should be expected between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m., and traffic around Lake Receptions could last through 7 p.m. Those not attending the service are asked to avoid the area between 3:45 and 7 p.m. if possible.
Flowers may be sent to Lake Receptions beginning at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Chief Fillman to:
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.
Attention Treasurer’s Office
25 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn, New York 11201-2483
Chief Jack Fillman joined Lake County Fire Rescue in December 2000, and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in 2006. He began his fire career in 1982 at the City of Palatka and became a State of Florida certified paramedic in 1984. In 1992, he served as the Emergency Medical Services Chief at the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services, until joining the Lake County team.
"We worked together for 11 years and he was an inspiration to me personally, and very knowledgeable in his job,” said Chief John Jolliff. “I recalled the 30 days straight we worked during the 2007 tornadoes. Jack was instrumental in getting the county through that. He was respected by his peers in county government and by the citizens. When I sought guidance, I always turned to Jack. He handled the toughest of the tough issues. He had a very good insight and a good heart.”
During his time at Lake County, Jack spearheaded the county’s first response Advanced Life Support (ALS) services, and was responsible for overseeing the countywide Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) program, training of fire personnel, and was responsible for media relations for Fire Rescue.
Chief Fillman received his Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy in 2009, and was an Advanced Life Support (ALS) competition judge for many years at the annual National (Emergency Medical Services) Clincon Conference.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife, Trish, and family, including their annual getaways to the Florida Keys.
“He loved his job and loved his family,” said Chief Jolliff. “He was well-loved and respected among his peers, family and his congregation, and will be greatly missed.”