Archive for October 12th, 2016

Elburn & Countryside FPD news

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Kelly Callaghan will retire this month after 33 years of service with the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District, but his connection to the fire department began even before that.

Callaghan was born and raised in Elburn. He and his brother Keith and their neighborhood friends began hanging out with some of the volunteer firefighters when they were kids. They would watch the firefighters leave the station for a call, and when they came back, Callaghan and the others would show up to help wash the trucks and clean the station and the hoses.

During his junior and senior years in high school, he became a cadet through the co-op at Kaneland High School. After he graduated high school in 1985, he began working construction and volunteered as a firefighter for the next four years.

During that time, the fire and the ambulance divisions were separate. In 1989, Callaghan was hired into the department full-time as the deputy chief. When he was promoted to chief in 2001, the fire and ambulance divisions were merged into one.

He is proud to have been a part of the department’s growth, from two volunteer departments to the opening of the second fire station in 2002, third station in 2014, and finally, the move of Station 1 to its new location in 2015.

He said the biggest challenge faced in his time was when the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District tried to take over a part of the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District.

Callaghan’s co-workers and friends will gather to roast him, congratulate him and give him a high-five on his accomplishments at 5 p.m. Oct. 22, deputy chief Tate Haley said. Call the station at 630-365-6855 for retirement party information.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Danny Carbol, 56, died at 10:05 p.m. Monday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, three weeks after he was injured in a crash while riding his bicycle back to his far south side home following a shift.

Carbol finished his shift at the firehouse in the 8000 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 20 and said goodbye to his fellow firefighters and then got on his bike to ride home, as he had done for years. He tried to brake but he hit a vehicle, went over the bike and hit the vehicle head-first, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of multiple injuries from being struck by a vehicle and ruled his death an accident. The exact time and address of the crash were not available, though the Chicago Police Department said the crash occurred in a suburb and not within city limits.

“Danny comes from a firefighter family. His dad served many years and his brother is also a firefighter. He rode his bicycle to and from the firehouse for many years. We are saddened at the loss and his department family joins his first family in mourning his death.”

thanks Dan

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Overseas request

Dear sir,

I am a Korean, living in Daejeon city, Korea. 

I would like to ask to help.

I am looking for a firefighter of Chicago, 

Mr. Pae, Korean-American, about 35~39 years old. 

and want to know his phone no or his email address.

I forgot his name except family name. 

He has a younger brother and a younger sister who is a teacher for a primary school. 

I have heard he was still single until spring of last year from his father.

Actually, I want to contact with my friend, his father, Mr. James Pae who was a CEO of “A-One Plumbing Contractor”.

I did not contact from spring of last year, All of his phone no. was changed. I miss him very much.

Today, I’ve got a email from a clerk of “St. Andrew Kim Parish” of Chicago.
That email said that No-phone no. of Mr. James Pae, but he left Chicago with his wife, because of Cancer of his wife. 

I am worrying very much.

Please Help me to find a firefighter, Mr. Pae.


Hyunkie Je

** His parents on the Photo.


Working fire in Chicago, 10-11-16

This from Josh Boyajian:

Engine 44 arrived to find smoke showing from a 2-sty warehouse, 500×300 Tuesday afternoon at  3352 w Grand. Companies stretched 2 lines to multiple rubbish piles within the building. Tower 14 & Truck 35 had their mains up. Companies had a quick knock on the fire within 10 min.

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Chicago FD Engine 44

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Chicago FD Truck 25

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firefighters at a fire scene

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Chicago firefighter after a fire

Chicago firefighter after a fire

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Chicago firefighter after a fire

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Chicago firefighter after a fire

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