Archive for May 25th, 2019

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40th Anniversary Memorial Service for AA Flight 191

On May 25, 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 departed from O’Hare Airport for Los Angeles. While accelerating on the runway, one of the underwing engines detached from the DC-10. The flight was airborne for 31 seconds before crashing into a field across Touhy Avenue and bursting into flames, killing all 271 on board plus two people on the ground.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the deadliest passenger aircraft crash on US soil, several hundred people gathered at Lake Park in Des Plaines, the site of a permanent memorial to those who perished that day. At 3:04PM, a bell was stuck 31 times, once for each second the ill-fated flight was in the air. The names of all who died were read, and two Chicago FD ARFF units then released four bursts of water over the memorial, representing each decade that has past.

Chicago FD ARFF 658 Oshkosh Striker 3000

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Flight 191 memorial

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Flight 191 memorial

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speaking at the Flight 191 memorial

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Flight 191 memorial

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Chicago FD ARFF units water salute

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A request for assistance …

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Seventeen year old Jacob A. Manka was struck by a westbound Metra train around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene about an hour later. He was among a group of three male teens who were trespassing on the train tracks that span a bridge near Pilcher Park when Metra Rock Island train No. 419 approached. The train’s operator saw the teens on the tracks, but not in time to stop and avoid striking two of them.

The teen who avoided being struck was running on the opposite track of the other two boys when the train approached. The three teens were on their way to meet a fourth boy who was nearby, but not on the tracks when the train passed.

Dozens of emergency personnel from 20 different police and fire departments searched a 1.5-mile stretch of Hickory Creek Thursday for the second victim, but failed to recover the body.

The search, which included drones, swift water rescue divers, and a cadaver dog, started at 7 a.m. and was suspended around 2 p.m., after the creek’s conditions became too dangerous. The search for the second body resumed Friday, but it wasn’t as extensive as the one performed the day before.

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North Chicago FD apparatus part 2

More from Larry Shapiro:

Here are the North Chicago engines and 85′ tower ladder to go along with the ambulances and buggy posted before

 2011 Pierce Saber pumper

Engine 4 – 2011 Pierce Saber 1500/1000/10. Larry Shapiro photo

2001 Pierce Saber pumper

Engine 5 – 2001 Pierce Saber 1500/1000/40. Larry Shapiro photo

North Chicago FD apparatus at headquarters station

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2009 Pierce Arrow XT 85' tower ladder

Tower 9 – 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 1250/500/20 85′ tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

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