Archive for September 14th, 2019

Fire Service news

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More first responders police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers in the US lose their lives to suicide than in the line of duty, according to a study by the Ruderman Foundation.  

Locally, a little known treatment for depression and PTSD is helping those desperate to find help for themselves. The treatment almost looks like hypnosis, but the patient is entirely awake and able to tap into traumatic memories like never before.  It can start to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in as little as one treatment

EMDR therapy or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing attempts to mimic the rapid eye movement of deep sleep to stimulate the brain. During a therapy session, the patient recalls a traumatic memory and the therapist guides them through the memory while keeping their eyes moving in a back and forth or bilateral pattern.  No one really knows why this type of therapy works. The EMDR Foundation is located in Chicago, and they are hoping more research will crack the case. 

Broadview Fire Chief Tracy Kenny and Deerfield Firefighter Jon Vaccarello have had very different life experiences but they both agree that EMDR has dramatically changed their lives.  

There are many MDR therapists in the Chicagoland area.  Each session is an hour, and it is covered by insurance.  

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Of interest … arrest in CFD family murder

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A man has been charged in the murder of Tyler Bernicky, the son of a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant who was found stabbed to death next to a burning van in Chatham in June.

Officers responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the early morning hours of June 15 in the 7900-block of South Ingleside Avenue. When they arrived, they found the 25-year-old dead on the ground with stab wounds to his chest and legs.

Investigators believe Bernicky’s van was intentionally set on fire.

Ronald Franklin, 34, was arrested on Wednesday in the 1800-block of West Lake Street and has been charged with first degree murder and arson. 


Chicago Fire Department history, 3-11 Alarm fire at the Museum of Science and Industry 1963 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Thanks to Hank Sajovic for sharing the FAO tab and box card for my earlier post on the 3-11 at the museum.
historic CFD ledger from 1963

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historic CFD ledger from 1963

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historic Chicago Fire Department box card from 1963

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