Western Springs Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Fire stations in Western Springs are draped in purple bunting to mourn the death of Lt. Richard “Dick” Jacobson who died June 20 after a long battle with ALS. Jacobson, 58, was a paid on-call firefighter.

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. He was appointed to the fire department in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years.

Fire Chief Patrick J. Kenny said Jacobson, who also trained as a mechanical engineer and worked as a project manager, volunteered for the department after receiving a letter appealing for community members to join the force.

Kenny said Jacobson approached ALS with the courage of a true hero. 

Jacobson was born in December 26, 1958. He grew up Highland Park and attended Deerfield High School where he met the girl who would become his wife, Kristen. The two didn’t start dating until after college. They both attended the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Kristen Jacobson said her husband loved firefighting for several reasons, including because it appealed to his natural sense of curiosity.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he became an advocate for research and education about the disease.

“He knew he couldn’t really fight it. But he educated others. He educated himself and he offered himself for clinical studies,” she said.

In addition to fundraising, he engaged with his doctors to learn about the illness.

In addition to his wife, Jacobson is survived by his children Rachel, Michelle, Arturo, and Andrew.

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New truck for Westmont (more)

a photo of Westmont’s new quint from Josh Boyajian

Westmont FD Truck 1839 Pierce Velocity quint

Westmont Truck 1839. Josh Boyajian photo

 

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Box Alarm in Streamwood, 6-27-27

Photos from John Tulipano of the Box Alarm fire in a townhouse at 3084 Lynwood Court in Streamwood (6/27/27)

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Pleasantview Fire District news (more)

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Working fire in Chicago, 5-22-17

Photos from Josh Boyajian of Squad 5 working at a fire on S Rhodes 5/22/17

Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5

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Pleasantview Fire District news (more)

more photos from Tim Olk of the funeral for former Pleasantview FD Chief Ed Switalski

Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

Tim Olk photo

full coverage of the funeral by Tim Olk can be seen HERE

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New ambulance for Rosemont

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new custom Horton Conversion on a Ford F550 chassis

Rosemont Public Safety ambulance

New ambulance for Rosemont Public Safety. Foster Coach Sales photo

new ambulance delivery

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Rosemont Public Safety ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

Rosemont Public Safety ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

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new ambulance interior

Foster Coach Sales photo

Rosemont Public Safety ambulance

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New engine for Forest Park (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Forest Park FD conducting final inspection of their new E -One pumper. These are very satisfied customers!!!!!!!

new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

E-ONE photo

new fire engine for the Forest Park FD Engine 401

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Western Springs Fire Department news

From the Western Springs Fire Department:

WESTERN SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT

Thursday June 22, 2017

To: All Western Springs Fire Department Personnel- Village Officials-Directors-Village Personnel-MABAS Division 10 Members-Press Members

From: Fire Chief Patrick J Kenny
Re: Passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson

It is with deep regret that I am informing you of the passing of Lieutenant Richard Jacobson. Lieutenant “Dick” Jacobson passed on to his new life in the company of his family. Lieutenant Jacobson has battled ALS since being diagnosed in 2011 with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. His battle ended Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Lieutenant Jacobson was appointed in 2005 and remained involved and on the active roster for the past 12 years until his passing. Memorial bunting will be hung as well as the Fire Department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both Fire Stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days.

Services for Lieutenant Richard Jacobson were June 23, 2017.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations to:

  • The Les Turner ALS Foundation http://lesturnerals.org/ (847) 679-3311
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois https://www.lcfs.org/ (800) 363-LCFS
 

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Of interest … charitable event

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Cure It Foundation’s 6th Annual Fire Up A Cure event takes place on Saturday, July 22. This event brings together nearly 20 teams of firefighters from across Illinois competing in a series of challenges such as a fire truck pull, inflatable jousting, tug-of-war, dodgeball tournament, and more; all to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer clinical research trials. Courageous pediatric cancer patients and survivors will serve as honorary coaches to the local firefighters. 

The event is open to the public and scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting The Cure It Foundation’s website or at the door on July 22!

The 501st Legion Midwest Garrison, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization operated by Star Wars fans, will be present for photo ops. There will even be a special guest appearance from Batman and the Batmobile.

A DJ will provide music as children and families will enjoy Irish dances, raffles, a reptile show, face painting, arts and crafts, inflatable slides & attractions, a kids’ fire pole, fire trucks, split the pot, and much more! Several food trucks, including: Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, El Coyote, Beggars Pizza, and Rainbow Cone will be there.

For more information, please contact Amy Kazmierowicz at (773) 954-8401 or amy@cureitfoundation.com.

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