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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard J. Keyworth  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Richard has been a life long resident of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Keyworth has dedicated the past 40 years to the fields of Fire Investigation, Fire Protection and Life Safety. He has been an Instructor in the field of Fire and Arson Investigation, as well as a Municipal and Private Fire Investigator. Mr. Keyworth has educated and trained literally thousands of individuals from all walks of life. He has been a noted lecturer and author, for many years. In his role as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at a local college he has motivated and educated thousands of students during his career. He is a retired officer from a suburban fire department which was home to the largest industrial park in the US. His level of experience and knowledge gained over more than 3 decades as an Inspector, Investigator, and Officer is legendary

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Titles At Your Library

Fires...Accidental or Arson?: Fire Investigations
ISBN: 1432766880

Outskirts Press. 2010

Author Richard J. Keyworth stands tall and his courage and commitment to fighting and investigating fires stand even taller. His account of 14 of the innumerable fires he investigated will intrigue, inform and educate fellow firefighters and law enforcement professionals. Because fire is mystical at times and practical at others, FIRE... Accidental or Arson? will also entrance the general public. His investigations will twist and turn and take place in likely and unlikely locations. Readers will be as interested in the investigative process as the investigator's cohorts and the investigator himself.

The real names of the perpetrators and the victims do not appear in Keyworth's manuscript, as a courtesy to those who have tragic memories and to those who were charged with arson and either convicted or acquitted. Their stories are told in an entertaining manner Keyworth is an attention-gripping story teller. Flip up the sides of his fire helmet and he is Sherlock Holmes.

FIRE...Accidental or Arson? invites the reader to stand inside incinerated buildings and follow Keyworth and his expert associates as they explore the evidence and determine the cause. The conclusions of his scientific investigations will illuminate the guilty and absolve the innocent. "A fire investigator is a finder of the facts and a seeker of the truth," says Keyworth. "A single circumstance does not cause the fire, it is a series of events and circumstances which come together to cause a fire." It is this series of events and circumstances which leads him to the true cause of the fire. He brings over 40 years of experience as well as countless hours of education and training to this book. Mr. Keyworth is a consummate professional.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Richard is pleased to do book signinings as well as Public Speaking and Presentations on Life Safety, Emergency Planning, Fire Prevention, etc. and can be contacted at or at 630-776-0284.