Archive for August 13th, 2016

Tinley Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

James M. Patton, 69, a former firefighter and assistant fire chief in Tinley Park, was killed when his plane crashed into a field Saturday at the Chicago Glider Club in Minooka, according to Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Tom Budde.

Witnesses at the club, told investigators they saw one of the wings of Patton’s plane dip after the glider detached from the tow plane. The glider then stalled and nose-dived into the field shortly after.

Patton’s wife Gwen, said her husband has held a pilot’s license for his Cessna plane for at least 25 years. He began flying the glider plane about 10 years ago.

He was a 25-year veteran of the Tinley Park Fire Department. He started out as a firefighter in 1967 and rose through the ranks to eventually be named assistant fire chief in 1976. He held that post until he retired in 1992.

He was involved in setting up MABAS. He also played a key role in helping computerize the fire department, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Klotz said.

Patton is survived by Gwen, his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Lisa (John) Ouradnik and Chris, and two granddaughters, Molly and Carter.

thanks Dan

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Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show 2016

This from Steve Redick:

This year it was held in Oswego, some surprises, some regulars. Positioning of the few fire rigs that were there was tough, the police cars were pretty easy to shoot. I was excited to see the old Broadview ALF tower ladder is now apparently privately owned and hopefully will be making the rounds, I could not get a shot of it this time. Thanks to Dave Weaver for putting this event together. All the images can be seen here


Oswego fire truck

Steve Redick photo

antique Illinois State Police car

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago Police car

Steve Redick photo

vintage Oldsmobile ambulance

Steve Redick photo

vintage Oldsmobile ambulance

Steve Redick photo

Glen Ridge VFD fire engine

Steve Redick photo

Oswego fire engine

Steve Redick photo

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Old fire truck for sale

This from Austin Lawler:

 I thought that this might be something of interest for the blog. A friend of mine posted it on Facebook.The truck itself is a 1979 F250. It does not say which department it was bought from, but being the seller is in Maple Park it probably is from one of the smaller departments in the area. Here is the Craigslist ad:

Have a great weekend,

Austin Lawler

1979 F250 Ford Fire Truck F-250 – $7500 (Maple park)

It’s very clean the fire Dept did replace the cab and front clip with a 1978 hence the round headlights there’s no bondo original cab corners and rockers
It has a 351 and a four speed drives amazing