Chicago’s new fire boat arrived in town today. The Windsor Star has a brief article HERE with some photos.

CHICAGO, Ill. — The Chicago fire department’s new fireboat, the Christopher Wheatley, made its way into Chicago Tuesday.

Built by Hike Metal Products Ltd, in Wheatley, Ont., the $8.5million boat was named for a 31-year-old Chicago firefighter who died in the line of duty. He was carrying equipment up a fire escape during a restaurant fire when he fell to his death.

The 300-ton craft was pumping 14,000 gallons of water a minute as it passed the Chicago Lighthouse near Navy Pier Tuesday.

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Chicago Fire Boat The Christopher Wheatley

The Christopher Wheatley, Chicago's new fire boat, arrived today from the shipyard in Wheatley, Ontario, Canada. Photograph by: John White, Chicago Sun-Times