Knoblauch Procession

The lead vehicle in Evan Knoblauch's Friday evening procession displays the late Oglesby firefighter's jacket and helmet. Nearly 90 vehicles honored the 20-year-old by driving through parts of Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru, ending at St. Bede Academy and an event long planned on his behalf. Knoblauch died Wednesday of Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare cancer of the bones and bone tissue.

Led by an Oglesby fire vehicle displaying his jacket and helmet, a convoy of nearly 90 emergency vehicles honored Evan Knobloch Friday night.

First responders from all across the region rolled through Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru Friday night in honor of the 20-year-old Oglesby firefighter and St. Bede graduate who passed away on Wednesday.

The destination was “Evan’s Friday Night,” an event at St. Bede in his honor featuring a benefit flag-football game. After his death, Evan’s family asked that the evening continue as scheduled.

Knobloch fought bravely against Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare cancer of the bones and soft tissue. And the communities in the Illinois Valley showed their support for him and his family during his fight by buying and displaying red lights at their homes.

You can see video footage of the procession on the WLPO Facebook page.

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