Archive for October 2nd, 2023

East Peoria Fire Department news

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Though their deaths were decades ago, the East Peoria Fire Department honored the memory of four who died in the line of duty, the most recent of which was in 1980.

The ringing of the bells sounded the end of duty for four East Peoria firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Every year the East Peoria community wraps their hands around the families of these four men.

Assistant Chief Marvin J. Stein, Captain Armando Ballerini, and firefighters George Cornwell Sr. and William Folmar.

All four men died while protecting their communities.

Now in its 37th year, the stories are their sacrifice are still living in the minds of their families.

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5 dead in downstate hazardous crash, 9-29-23

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Authorities resumed their investigation of a central Illinois truck crash that killed five people, injured seven others, and prompted an evacuation for hundreds of residents on Friday night.

The Effingham County Coroner said the five dead included three from the same family: one adult and two children. The other two were adult motorists from out of state.

Their names were released on Sunday:

  • Danny J. Smith, 67, from New Haven, Mo.
  • Vasile Cricovan, 31, from Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Kenneth Bryan, 34, from Teutopolis, Ill.
  • Rosie Bryan, 7, from Beecher City, Ill.
  • Walker Bryan, 10, from Beecher City, Ill.

Preliminary investigation shows all five victims died from exposure to the ammonia. Seven other people were hospitalized.

Traffic, including the tanker, was pushed onto U.S. 40 earlier Friday because of another truck crash on Interstate 70.

Officials from the NTSB released details at a press conference on exactly how the crash happened. Authorities conducted preliminary investigations into both the crash site and of the ammonia-carrying tanker, which is said to belong to Prairieland Transport Limited.

The crash and ensuing leak appears to have happened as a result of the tanker’s driver attempting to avoid a nearby vehicle while traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 40 at about 9:25 p.m. Friday.

The crash caused a cloud of anhydrous ammonia on the roadway that caused dangerous air conditions in the northeast area of Teutopolis, and because of these conditions, firefighters had to mitigate the hazard before they could get to work at the scene, and it was a fairly large area. Emergency crews worked overnight after the accident on Friday trying to control the plume from the leak and struggled to get near the crash site.

Approximately 4,000 of the tanker’s 7,500 gallons of ammonia were released as a result of the collision. About 500 residents within a 1-mile radius of the crash site were evacuated after the accident.

A team of federal investigators arrived in Tuetopolis on Saturday night, where the tanker truck was drained and moved to a secure location for a NTSB investigation. Their investigation now centers around the cargo tank’s crash-worthiness and the routing of the hazardous materials.

Anhydrous ammonia is used by farmers to add nitrogen fertilizer to the soil and as a refrigerant in the cooling systems of large buildings such as warehouses and factories. 

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Former Orland FPD tower ladder for sale

Found at

1988 Spartan / LTI 100′ Tower Ladder

$5,000.00 USD
Reserve Not Met

$50.00 USD Bid Increment

Online Auction — Subject To Seller Confirmation

Location: Gillett, Wisconsin, USA

1988 Spartan Gladiator chassis

100-Foot LTI Ladder Platform

Detroit Diesel Allison HT 7000 series Model 8V92JWAC MUI

Allison HT 740 Automatic Transmission 4 Speed

On Board Diesel generator

4 SCBA Seats

LED Upgrades on Truck

All items are sold as-is.; #OrlandFPD; #forsale; #Spartan; #LTI; #FireTruck;

thanks Martin

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department Open House (more)

This from Michael Maida:

I went to the open house in Buffalo Grove and was able to get a few rig shots.
Mike; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Michael Maida photo; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Michael Maida photo; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Michael Maida photo; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD;

Michael Maida photo; #FireTruck; #BuffaloGroveFD;

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