Archive for March 25th, 2018

Buffalo Grove Fire Department news

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The family of 51-year-old Buffalo Grove Firefighter Kevin Hauber was granted a full pension benefit by the pension board, which ruled his fatal cancer was caused in the line of duty.

The ruling, which was approved on a 3-2 vote Friday by the Buffalo Grove Fire Department Pension Board, can be appealed by Village of Buffalo Grove officials who have to pay the pension benefit to the family of the veteran firefighter/paramedic who died in January, roughly four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer .

Following the vote, Buffalo Grove officials said they have not yet decided whether to challenge the ruling but added that the board’s full pension award for Hauber’s type of cancer is unprecedented.

The death-in-the-line-of-duty benefit would ensure Hauber’s wife and four young daughters receive his full annual salary. Conversely, the compensation to a firefighter’s family, who is granted a non-duty-disability pension, typically is a percentage of the employee’s final salary, ranging from 50 percent and upward.

During the pension board hearing Friday, an attorney representing the Hauber family, said two of the three doctors who conducted independent medical reports on the case concluded that Hauber’s death from cancer likely was related to his work as a firefighter. Before the board’s vote, an attorney for the Village of Buffalo Grove who described the case as tragic, urged board members to make their decision based on the evidence, saying “… there’s virtually no evidence at all that this is a line-of-duty pension.”

The three pension board members who voted in favor of granting the full benefit included Buffalo Grove firefighters Dan Pasquarella, and Josh Himmelspach, and retired firefighter Thomas Gough. The village’s human resource director, Art Malinowski, and village resident Ed McKee, voted against granting the duty-related death pension.

Village officials now have 35 days to decide whether to file a motion with the Lake County Circuit Court and appeal the pension’s board’s administrative decision granting the Hauber family the duty-related death benefit.

In a statement, Deputy Village Manager Jennifer Maltas said Buffalo Grove officials will wait to decide whether to appeal the ruling until Clifford, the pension board’s attorney, submits findings of fact, which outline the basis for which the pension board made its decision Friday.

“First and foremost, the Village of Buffalo Grove continues to mourn the loss of firefighter and paramedic Kevin Hauber,” she said. “The village has the responsibility to be the stewards of the taxpayer dollars. Given that there is no precedent for the award of an enhanced pension for this type of cancer, it is not clear whether the pension board’s decision today is consistent with the standards set forth in state law.”

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Smoke alarm recall

About 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the U.S. and another 40,000 sold in Canada are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire, the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Models PI2010 and PI9010 are being recalled. The issue is a yellow cap possibly left on the smoke alarm during the manufacturing process that may cover one of two sensors, compromising its ability to detect smoke. 

Consumers are advised to remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling, inspect it for the presence of a yellow cap and immediately contact Kidde if one is located. The potentially defective smoke alarm should only be discarded once a replacement is received and installed.

For more information, consumers can call Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Those who prefer not to call can go online can visit and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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Arlington Heights Fire Department news

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The Arlington Heights Fire Department promoted two new battalion chiefs.

Ron Fraider and John Carpenter were sworn in at this week’s village board meeting. Both joined the department in 1994 and rose through the ranks as firefighter/paramedics and lieutenants. They replace Tom Zerfass, who recently retired, and Andrew Larson, who was promoted in December to deputy chief upon the retirement of Bernie Lyons.

In place of Fraider and Carpenter, Matthew Yegge and Andrew Benkert were promoted from firefighters to lieutenants. 

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As seen around … Hazel Green, AL

Former Midlothian truck in Hazel Green, Alabama

Former Midlothian, IL fire truck in Hazel Green, Alabama

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