Archive for January 12th, 2015

Fundraiser for Streamwood firefighter

Fundraiser for Madison Casey

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Chicago FD Battalion Chief (ret) Warren Redick (1928-2015)

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Chicago FD Battalion Chief (ret) Warren Redick, the father of CFD Senior Fire Alarm Operator, fire photographer, frequent contributor, and friend to many, Steve Redick.

Mr. Warren Albert Redick, age 86 of Bull Shoals, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at his home. He was born November 10, 1928 to Raymond and Myrtle (Baumann) Redick.

Mr. Redick enjoyed collecting and photography.

Mr. Redick is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mildred Redick of the home, one son Steven Redick (Linda), Steven’s mother, Joan, four step-children, Deanne Evans (Chuck), Bonnie Hesik (Tony Largent), Frank Hesik (Debbie), James Dixon (Terry), two grandchildren, Zachary and Frank. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepdaughter, Dawn and second wife, Pocahontas.

All services will be private.

From Steve Redick:

My dad was part of a vanishing breed … old school, no masks, high workload and little or no ems. He was in his prime at a time when the job was a much different profession than it is today. Unfortunately he and most of his colleagues have paid the ultimate price for the abuse their bodies took. Dad was always a fan from the time he was a small boy. His grandfather, Henry Redick was a fireman on a horse drawn steamer in the CFD. Dad’s father, Raymond was a member of the fire insurance patrol, later becoming assistant chief.

Dad started out his career as a “patrolio” and spent many years on the various companies, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant. In 1959 when the patrols disbanded, he was finally able to realize his dream of becoming a Chicago fireman. He was a candidiate on squad 8 and spent time as a fireman on numerous companies including SS1 and Snorkel 2. One of dad’s best assignments was being the Captain of SS3 … he was there when the company was organized. They only had a Snorkel for a very short time, and mostly ran with junk, but they were arguably one of the busiest companies in the entire country, if not the world. As a little guy I was able to go ride there once or twice after they made the move to Erie street.  Dad was at many famous fires including the Mickleberry Fire and the bowling alley fire at Milwaukee and Spaulding. That’s the one with the famous photo of the Snorkel basket rescue with a member being held onto the basket of Snorkel 7 as they brought him down from the collapsed roof. Dad was not in the photo, but he and his guys were on the roof and made the original rescue to bring him to the basket.


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New Deputy Chief for Oak Park

From the Village of Oak Park:

Jan. 9, 2015 – Peter Pilafas was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in the Oak Park Fire Department during a Jan. 5 ceremony at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

In his new position, Pilafas will oversee daily operations at the fire department, including personnel management, and budget and policy creation. As the second-in-command at the department, he will be called upon to direct the department’s command-level response during emergencies.

Prior to his promotion, Pilafas oversaw an engine company and coordinated firefighter training, CPR courses and child safety seat inspections. Among his goals for 2014 is the implementation of a new computer-aided dispatch system in conjunction with the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center.

Oak Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Peter Pilafas

Oak Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Peter Pilafas. Oak Park photo

Pilafas has worked in the field of firefighting for nearly two decades, with the last 15 years spent in Oak Park. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Governor’s State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University.

His promotion comes amid several key leadership moves at the fire department. Donald Michael Bush was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief; Gregory Badger was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; and Jacob Gloodt was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a result of these promotions, the department expects to bring in four new firefighter/paramedics by the end of January.

thanks Dan

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House fire in Tinley Park, 1-8-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

1/8/15, a Box Alarm at 11625 Fairfax Court in Tinley Park

firefighter covered with ice and snow

Josh Boyajian photo

fireman with ice covered helmet

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen operate hose in snow storm

Josh Boyajian photo

Excerpts from the Chicago Tribune:

Two people including a firefighter who slipped on ice were injured during a Tinley Park house fire fought in frigid conditions Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 16000 block of Fairfax Lane in Tinley Park about 12:45 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Kris Dunn. As they arrived, firefighters saw heavy fire coming from the first floor and attached garage of the residence, Dunn said. On the way to the fire, firefighters received a call that there could be someone trapped inside but that turned out not to be the case, Dunn said.


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