Archive for March 26th, 2018

Melrose Park Fire Department news

Excerpts from the

A federal appeals court has ruled that the village of Melrose Park was within its rights to fire a firefighter for failing to abide by its residency requirements, dismissing an attempt by the firefighter to claim his termination violated his due process rights. 

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed the dismissal of due process and equal protection claims filed by John Cannici, a former Melrose Park firefighter, after he was terminated from his position for violating the village’s residency ordinance. Cannici was discharged from his position after Melrose Park found that he was not living in the village full-time.

According to Melrose Park’s village code, each and every officer and employee of the village, unless exempted by this chapter, must be a resident of the village.

The judges found Melrose Park offered Cannici exactly what Illinois law requires in cases of just cause termination: “written charges, a hearing and the opportunity to present evidence” before being fired.

Cannici lived in Melrose Park until 2008, when he bought a home in Orland Park, where his wife and two children lived. Cannici lived in Melrose Park while on duty and spent time with his family on the weekends, thus violating the village’s residency ordinances, according to the village’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ review.

The court disagreed with Cannici’s claims that the review deprived him of a protected interest or violated his equal protection rights.

“In fact, [Cannici’s] counsel brought to our attention that the state court judge has found the administrative review claim in his favor and deferred further proceedings pending this court’s decision,” Judge William J. Bauer wrote in the decision. “Thus, we have no reason to believe Cannici has been deprived of his due process rights.”

The court cited a Supreme Court ruling in its opinion that states that the court has never found the Equal Protection Clause implicated in the specific circumstance where, as here, government employers are alleged to have made an individualized, subjective personnel decision in a seemingly arbitrary or irrational manner.

Thus, the court agreed Cannici’s equal protection clause argument failed.

thanks Dan

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New ladder truck for Central Stickney FPD

From the Central Stickney FPD Facebook page:

The fabrication of our new Truck has begun at Pierce.

 Truck build week 2 update.

Truck Build Week 3 Update

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House fire in Dolton, 3-15-18

Photos from Tim Olk of a fire near 148th and Dobson in Dolton 3/25/18.

house fire in Dolton

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New chassis for Prospect Heights Fire District ambulance

From the Foster Coach Sales Facebook page:

Remounted Medtec conversion on a brand new Ford E450 chassis
Prospect heights Fire District ambulance

Prospect Heights Fire District ambulance. Foster Coach Sales photo

Prospect heights Fire District ambulance

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Prospect heights Fire District ambulance

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Prospect heights Fire District ambulance

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Prospect heights Fire District ambulance

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chevron striping on rear of ambulance

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ambulance interior

Foster Coach Sales photo

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