Jacquelyn Hayden (November 19, 2013), Wife of Retired Fire Chief John K. Hayden (December, 2004)

Jacquelyn Hayden, Class of 52 at Arlington High School, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Jackie, wife of John K. Hayden (“Keach” also class of ’52) retired fire chief of Arlington Heights Fire Department who died in December 2000, is survived by sister Judy Stille, sons Mike, Bill, Jim and Sean. Son, John, died in 2011. Also five grandchildren.

Jacqueline Hayden (left) and Anna Marie Hayden.

Jackie Hayden worked for the Daily Herald in the 1970s and 1980s.

From the family: “She is back with Keach, forever.”

John K. Hayden was Arlington Heights Fire Department Chief from 1972 until he retired in 1984. He joined the Arlington Heights Fire Department in 1957. He was one of the developers of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) with personnel from Elk Grove Fire Department in the late 1960’s (see MABAS1.org) so fire departments could use pre-planned coordination of resources to resolve major incidents. The system is a model for Homeland Security response today.

In 1972, Hayden helped develop the paramedic program within the Arlington Heights Fire Department, which was simultaneously developing along with the broader Emergency Medical System that also began circa 1972 in the the State of Illinois, and across the United States.

Left-to-right: Deputy Chief Dave Mills, Capt. Jack Benson, Fire Chief John K. Hayden, and Capt. Darryl Meacham.


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