On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Evanston Fire Department lost 29-year veteran Captain Ron Shulga to a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Captain Shulga was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, which was linked to a transformer fire containing PCBs at the Varsity Theater in downtown Evanston. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) and Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) has ruled this a job-related/non-traumatic line of duty death, which will entitle Captain Shulga to full department honors.

“Captain Shulga was a beloved member of the department who always went above and beyond to make things a little better for the next guy,” said Fire Chief Brian Scott. “He was always willing to help move the department forward. His presence will truly be missed by all.”

Captain Shulga was instrumental in maintaining the Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus and radio communications, keeping others safe and connected.

Arrangements for Captain Shulga are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, May 18, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Visitation Services: Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home

To Church Procession: Friday, May 19, departing at 10:10 a.m. from Donnellan Funeral Home to St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., in Niles. The procession will travel east into Evanston on Central Street to Fire Station 5, 2830 Central St., before traveling south on Green Bay Road and Asbury Avenue and west on Emerson Street to Fire Station 1, 1332 Emerson St. The procession will then continue on to the church. View procession map.

Funeral Mass: Friday, May 19, 11 a.m., St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church

Donations: In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to, Evanston Firefighters Local 742 Benevolent Fund. C/O Captain Shulga, P.O. Box 1275, Evanston IL. 60204

For more information, contact Division Chief Paul Polep at ppolep@cityofevanston.org.