LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry was invited by the Chief Operating Officer of the 100 Club of Illinois, a non-profit organization that provides support to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty and supports active-duty first responders throughout our state, to be present at the visitation for Brian Rehnberg, a firefighter and paramedic with North Park Fire Department, to share the love, comfort, and gentleness of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with his family and those who worked with, knew and loved him.
Brian passed at home on Christmas day after responding to several calls to help others that day. Brian was known by others for his strong work ethic, kindness, friendship, and dedication to the community and the North Park Fire Department. “He was always there when we needed him,” said North Park Captain Matt Johnson. “He really demonstrated what a true friend should look like. He would always call and check up on you just out of the blue.”
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena, Eunice, Grace, Hannah, Samson, and Tobias were a loving, comforting, and calming presence to his family, friends, fellow firefighters, and paramedics last week at the visitation. They shared the light and love of God through this very difficult and heavy time for all those who knew and loved Brian.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John - Burlington, Illinois), Eunice (LCC Staff), Grace (LCC Staff), Hannah (LCC Staff), Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois), and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Samson (Zion Lutheran - Marengo, Illinois) and their handlers spent time with Brian’s fellow firefighters and paramedics who were missing and grieving their friend. Kare 9 Samson and his veteran handler spent much time with Brian’s 16-year-old son Jacob that day. They were by his side whenever he needed it during the service. With his gentle and calming presence, Samson ensured Brian’s son was comforted.
"From one of Brian's many brothers, thank you for being there. Grace knew I needed a friend and stopped me as I was walking by. I had a great conversation with her handler, too. Thank you for all you do!"
I wanted to extend my deepest thank you on behalf of our organization and attendees of Brian Rehnberg’s visitation for your coordination of comfort dog support and to the handler & K9 teams who attended this service. The support these handlers provided was so valuable to many. Above and beyond, thanks to Eunice, who I believe was the K9 who provided direct support to the North Park Fire Department, as well as Samson with Chris and Jeff, who provided direct support to Brian’s family. This level of care and support means more than words can express, and we are so appreciative of the quick response and compassion that was provided yesterday. We truly appreciate it."
Danielle, Chief Operating Officer of the 100 Club of Illinois
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams were blessed to be with those who loved Brian Rehnberg and encouraged by the love and support given to his family from the firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics.
"The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." (Psalm 121:8)