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Death of Racine firefighter being investigated as homicide

Police identified him as Christopher Lalor, a 21-year veteran of the Racine Fire Department
Christopher Lalor
Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 11:34:25-05

RACINE — A 50-year-old Racine firefighter was found dead over the weekend, and investigators are treating his death as a homicide.

The Racine Fire Department identified the firefighter as Christopher Lalor. Lalor worked as a driver/operator.

Racine police said Monday officers were called to a home on Pinehurst Avenue around 11:57 a.m. Sunday for a person not breathing. There they found Lalor dead.

He was a 21-year veteran of the Racine Fire Department. They also did not announce a cause of death.

No suspects were mentioned in the police department's statement on Monday, however, they say do have a person of interest.

Mayor of Racine, Corey Mason shared his condolences.

"The loss of life for anyone would be tragic but to lose one of your own firefighters just hits especially close to home I'm sure for his family but also for his colleagues at the fire department who are like family. You know this is a man who had more than 20 years of service to the city of Racine, literally put his life in danger for others so to lose someone in such a senseless tragedy that way is just obviously very upsetting," said the Mayor.

Officials are interested in any information that anyone may have about this incident. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are asked to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330, or through the Crime Stoppers app by using the p3 app.

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