Archive for June 25th, 2023

Skokie Police Department news

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The heroic efforts of two Skokie police officers were captured by bodycam footage when officers Alfonso Hernandez and Rogelio Cantu worked earlier this month to resuscitate an infant near the 8100 block of North Keating.

The officers’ biggest fear did not stop them from giving chest compressions in just minutes, soon leading to tears from the infant.

Officers said the infant is continuing to do well.


thanks Rob

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Rockford Fire Department news

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Firefighter Miguel Holland, 49, of Rockford faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide after a fatal fire truck crash on March 6 at Whitman and North Church streets that involved a Rockford fire engine and a Ford Focus. The driver of the Ford, Marta Esquivias, 57, died at the hospital from injuries sustained in the wreck.

At the time of the crash, Holland told investigators that the fire engine was traveling about 35 miles-per-hour in the 30 mile-per-hour zone when the Focus entered the intersection, and he tried to avoid the collision but could not. He told investigators he had not used any product containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in over a week.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said a speed deceleration report generated by the Pierce fire engine showed the apparatus was traveling at 47 miles-per-hour when the brakes were applied just before the crash. He said Holland submitted a blood and urine sample that showed THC levels of 19.0 +/- 4.0 ng/mL – above the legal limit of 10 for operating a motor vehicle. Holland faces up to 33 years in prison on the three charges.

thanks Dennis

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