Archive for September 17th, 2019

Christopher Fire Department LODD, 5-5-19 (more)

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More than 70 firefighters gathered in memory of Kody Vanfossan who died early this year while fighting a fire in Christopher. 

On Sunday, firefighters gathered for the first Kody Vanfossan Memorial Water Fight.  His friends say Kody loved participating in events like this, which is why it was fitting to honor him with this friendly competition. 

The money raised will go towards a memorial fund which will offer scholarships to high school graduates looking to become first responders. The fund will also help small departments send firefighters to training and purchase small equipment. 

Kody’s father and firefighter, Brent Vanfossan, says his son loved being a fireman, a sentiment shared by his mother Mindy.  She says since he was two years-old he wanted to be a fireman. She hopes the firefighters attending Sunday’s event know they helped honor his memory.

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Aurora Fire Department news

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Just after 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aurora’s 911 Center received a report of a woman spotted floating downstream in the Fox River near the New York Street bridge. Multiple police officers responded, along with the Aurora Fire Department, positioning themselves on bridges downstream as they attempted to catch a glimpse of the woman.

The Aurora police department’s drone team was also deployed, hoping that a bird’s eye would aid in the search.

Approximately 11 minutes after the initial 911 call, an Aurora police officer saw the woman floating in the water in the 100 block of South River Street.

Aurora Police Officer Shane Leadbetter, Officer Jason Contreras, Sgt. Jeff Talley, and Aurora Fire Lt. Steve Buono were able to run down to the bank of the river and pull the woman out of the quick-moving current. Aurora Fire Department paramedics transported the woman, who was conscious and breathing, to an area hospital.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources closed the Fox River through Aurora to recreational boats on Friday until further notice due to the high water and increased current following recent rainfall.

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New tower ladder for the Cary Fire Protection District (more)

Delivery photos of the new Sutphen tower ladder for the Cary FPD

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