This from Tim Olk:
EMS Memorial Week Bike Ride From Northbrook To Milwaukee
update on the auction of the former Pierce unit from Tower Ladder 34
this from Fleet Guy:
Final word on the 2002 Pierce Tower Ladder 34 sold at auction June 24 for & $3,550 .
This from Tim Olk:
Tinley Park Fire Chief Kenneth Dunn retires after 45 years
Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:
The Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating whether the third-highest ranking member of the Chicago Fire Department received favored treatment after crashing his city-owned SUV near Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park.Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, disclosed the existence of an Internal Affairs Division investigation after revealing that former Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas would not be charged with DUI — even though he had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit nearly four hours after the April 20 crash.
The breathalyzer was administered by the Chicago Fire Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Chicago Police officers were on the scene of the crash for about two hours but never administered a field sobriety test.
Unlike Illinois State Police officers, Chicago Police officers do not carry breathalyzers in their squad cars. If a breathalyzer is administered, it has to be done at the district station. That was not done in McNicholas’ case.
“We reviewed the case based upon the referral from the Chicago Police Department, and the facts of the incident do not meet the legal elements of a felony DUI [prior convictions, great bodily harm that occurred in the incident],” Daly wrote in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“We informed CPD of this [Monday]. It is within their discretion to charge the defendant with a misdemeanor DUI. As for allegations that he received favored treatment, we have been advised that CPD’s internal affairs unit is investigating these allegations. We have not yet heard from IAD as to whether they believe there is evidence based upon that investigation to review for any potential criminal charges.”
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi had no immediate comment about the Internal Affairs investigation. Nor would he say whether McNicholas would be charged with misdemeanor DUI.
McNicholas was ticketed for negligent driving.
Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:
The Chicago Police Department agreed Wednesday to charge the former third-ranking member of the Chicago Fire Department with misdemeanor DUI for crashing his city-owned SUV with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi disclosed the belated charges against former Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas one day after the Cook County State’s Attorney declined to charge McNicholas with felony DUI.
The state’s attorney’s office concluded that the April 20 accident did not meet the legal elements of a felony DUI … but it was within the police department’s discretion to charge McNicholas with misdemeanor DUI.
On Wednesday, the police department did just that.
“The Major Accidents section reviewed the findings and they decided to go ahead and charge misdemeanor DUI based on evidence discovered, including a blood alcohol level obtained by the fire department’s Internal Affairs Division,” Guglielmi said.
Guglielmi also disclosed that an investigation by the police department’s Internal Affairs Division aimed at determining whether McNicholas received favored treatment is nearing completion.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson will be briefed on the findings in a week or two, the spokesman said. If there is evidence that police officers or firefighters who responded to the scene of the accident treated McNicholas any differently than they would have treated a private citizen, they will be disciplined.
“It could be anything from a one-to-two-day suspension all the way up. It just depends if they find any evidence that the incident was handled inappropriately,” Guglielmi said.
McNicholas resigned after the accident. His annual pension of $100,501 was approved on June 15 by the Chicago Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund. His pension is based upon 75 percent of his final average salary. McNicholas served more than 36 years with the department.
thanks Dan & Dennis
Previous posts on this incident can be found HERE
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This from Tony Carlini:
Maywood Engine 507 progress pics. Delivery late August early September.
Spartan Metrostar/Marion Body Works engine
Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:
Three firefighters were injured Monday afternoon while battling a blaze that destroyed a Woodridge apartment building.
No civilians were hurt in the fire at the four-unit, two-story building on the 3000 block of Roberts Road. Most residents got out on their own, but one woman needed help from firefighters, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District Chief Tom Freeman said. Workers who were on the roof at the time got down safely, too.
The fire was detected by an automated system about 4:50 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the roof of the building was ablaze. About 80 firefighters from about a dozen suburban departments got the fire under control about 7 p.m.
The three injured firefighters all work for the Lisle-Woodridge department. They were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, Freeman said.
Excerpts from the pjstar.com:
The East Peoria Fire Department now has four certified arson investigators on its staff; that’s twice the number of the Peoria Fire Department, a department five times its size.
“We’re happy to have our newest certified arson investigator and are comfortable with the staffing (number),” East Peoria Fire Chief Al Servis said Thursday. “It allows us to have an arson investigator on every shift.”
According to Assistant Chief John Knapp, the East Peoria Fire Department investigated 30 to 40 fires in 2015. Of those, 25-30 percent, or about nine or 10 fires, were suspected arson.
Firefighter Eric Duckworth completed the five-week Southwestern Illinois Police Academy’s Basic Arson Investigator Course at the Downers Grove Fire Department last week.
On July 5, the Peoria City Council will vote on a resolution classifying Duckworth as a peace officer for arson investigations. The designation gives Duckworth the same powers of arrest and search and seizure as a police officer, and authorizes him to carry a firearm while investigating arson or arson-related crimes. The tuition includes the 40-hour mandatory firearms training and certification.
“Illinois law allows local agencies to have arson investigators that are sworn peace officers. Their powers as a peace officer are restricted to when they are in the process of an active arson investigation,” said Jacquelyn Reineke, spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office. “They cannot make traffic stops or any other police action outside of the scope of an arson investigation.”
Duckworth has been a member of the East Peoria Fire Department for 16 years and a fire investigator for seven years.
The department’s three other arson investigators — assistant chiefs Knapp and Rick Ward and firefighter Mike Menssen — are also designated peace officers. A fifth member of the department, Firefighter Tony Piraino, is a fire investigator, a designation and position that lacks the policing authority to carry a gun and arrest people.
In February, the city bestowed peace officer designation on one of its code enforcement officers, believed to be the first of its kind in Illinois. Like the arson investigator, the designation allows the code enforcement officer to arrest people and carry a firearm while on duty. The code officer was a retired East Peoria police officer and had already completed the firearms certification. City officials said at the time that it was a unique situation, and that the city wasn’t going to start sending or paying for its code enforcement officers to attend firearms training.
The Peoria Fire Department has two fire investigators and two fire inspectors. The department has more than 200 sworn firefighters and responded to more than 19,000 emergency calls last year. The East Peoria Fire Department has about 40 firefighters and responded to 3,737 calls in 2015.
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