Archive for May 18th, 2014

Truck driver gets jail for killing Hudson firefighter Chris Brown

The has an article on the sentencing of a truck driver responsible for killing a Hudson/Bloomington firefighter:

A Washington state man will serve four years in prison for causing the death of firefighter Chris Brown, who died when he was struck by a semitrailer truck last year on Interstate 39. Mansur Shakirov, 29, of Spokane, was convicted of felony reckless homicide earlier this year. He was credited with 117 days already served in jail.

Brown’s sister, Jennifer Radek, presented a statement to the court during Friday’s sentencing hearing.

“It is very difficult for the family to come up with a reasonable sentence that we feel would justify this incident and the loss of firefighter Christopher Reed Brown. But we feel a sentence of eight years would set a precedent and send that message to the legislators, lawmakers, owners of trucking companies and, most of all, to the drivers of those semis, that when approaching situations on our highways where first responders and emergency personnel are present, that they must slow down, move over and obey the established traffic laws, or be prepared to accept the consequences.”

Chris Brown’s mother, Pamela Brown, told the court about the hole his absence has left in their lives.

The family declined comment after the hearing. The sentence was issued by Associate Judge Casey Costigan. Prosecutors requested a sentence of eight years, although a term of 14 years or probation also were possible.

Brown, a career firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department, died March 5, 2013, while working as a volunteer with the Hudson Fire Department. The accident occurred along an icy stretch of Interstate 39 north of Normal as Hudson firefighters were at the scene of a separate accident. Chris Brown left a wife and two young sons.

In March, a jury convicted Shakirov of felony reckless homicide for failing to reduce his speed and move over to the right lane to avoid hitting a Hudson command vehicle, Brown and others at the scene.

Speaking before he was sentenced, Shakirov expressed remorse, saying “I deeply regret what happened. My heart goes out to everyone in that family.”

“We were refugees in Russia. We had to leave,” Bakhtiyer Shakirov said. After the family relocated to Washington state with the help of a world relief organization when Mansur was 21, he worked during the day, attended an ESL school at night to learn English, eventually got his GED and graduated with an associates degree from a community college. “He was the first generation to go to college in my family,” said Bakhtiyer Shakirov.

Costigan said while Mansur Shakirov did not contemplate doing serious harm or intend for an accident to happen, his actions not only threatened, but caused serious harm to people and that his responsibility was to obey all traffic laws.

He said with the extensive news coverage the case has received, he hopes the public will think carefully about the safety of firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel at accident scenes and act responsibly to prevent a similar tragedy.

“The court realizes there are no winners today,” Costigan said.

thanks Dan

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Deerfield Bannockburn FPD apparatus updates

The Deerfield Bannockburn FPD has sold Squad 20 to the Somonauk (IL) Fire Department who is replacing a 1984 piece.

Deerfield Fire Department squad 20

Pemfab Ranger HDR

Somonauk Fire Department Squad 390, 1984 Pemfab/Ranger, X-Toms River, NJ. Somonauk FD photo

Deerfield Squad 19 is currently for sale.

Pierce Contender rescue squad

fire truck for sale

Deerfield Squad 19 is for sale. B&P Apparatus photo

The department will be receiving a new rescue/pumper with storage space for some of the consolidated equipment from both of the older squads. The balance of the equipment will either be stored in the station or disposed of.

A quick historical review of some previous squads that served the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Prevention District.

old fire department rescue squad

Squad 754 was a 1971 Ford C750/Welch rescue squad. Larry Shapiro photo

old fire department rescue squad

Squad 754 was a 1983 Ford C8000/E-ONE MDR with a 750-GPM pump. Larry Shapiro photo

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New area apparatus

Al Schlick found these new deliveries on the Pierce Flickr site:

Downers Grove:

Downers Grove fire department engine

New Pierce engine for Downers Grove. Pierce composite


Elgin Fire Department Truck 2

New Pierce tower ladder for Elgin. Pierce composite


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