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Chicago Fire Department history

Chicago FD fog pressure pumpers

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Park Ridge Fire Department history

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1959 Pirsch fire engine for sale

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Park Ridge Fire Department history

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antique Pirsch fire engine going home

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Chicago Fire Department history

Chicago FD Mack fire engines

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mack Magirus fire trucks in Chicago

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Jeep/Darley high pressure fog pumpers for Chicago

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New home for Peotone Snorkel

1980 Seagrave 55' Snorkel

1980 Seagrave 55' Snorkel

Gary Metzbower photo

1980 Seagrave 55' Snorkel

Gary Metzbower photo

1980 Seagrave 55' Snorkel

Gary Metzbower photo

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As seen around … Rocky Ridge, MD

This from Steve Redick:

Also from Ed Prendergast … a “barn find” CFD Fox located in Rocky Ridge MD January 2004. I wonder where it is now?
junked Chicago FD Ahrens Fox fire engine in Rocky Ridge, MD

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old Chicago FD Ahrens Fox fire engine

Ed Prendergast photo

junked Chicago FD Ahrens Fox fire engine in Rocky Ridge, MD

Ed Prendergast photo

junked Chicago FD Ahrens Fox fire engine in Rocky Ridge, MD

Ed Prendergast photo

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-27-82

This from Steve Redick:

Filmore and Homan, what a dandy this was. I found it in my archive
 

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Between alarms, you might have seen Lt. Leroy Hearon gliding around his Chicago firehouse, perfecting the steps to the tango which enticed him more than 25 years ago. When he saw the Argentinian art form — sensual, melancholy and urgent — he instantly was determined to learn it. Eventually, he taught the dance and would travel every year to Buenos Aires, staying for weeks to take lessons and perform at dance halls.

Leroy died June 11  at the age of 63 of pneumonia after contracting the coronavirus. His 84-year-old mother died April 29 of natural causes, and he fell ill three days later. He was hospitalized for about 45 days.

Leroy grew up in public housing at Cabrini-Green. His mother, a data entry operator, was from Greenwood, Mississippi. His father was a truck driver for Inland Steel. After graduating from Gordon Tech High School, he attended the prep school at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  At 22, he scored high on both the Chicago police and fire exams, but the fire department was taking recruits at the time, so he entered the fire academy. He climbed the ranks to lieutenant, and his assignments included stints in Uptown, at O’Hare Airpor,t and Midway Airport. Before retiring at 55, he worked in the Fire Prevention Bureau.

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Oakbrook Terrace FPD history

This from Larry Shapiro for #TBT

Oakbrook Terrace classic 85′ Pitman Snorkel on a conventional GMC chassis with a Pierce body

unique Pitman Snorkel on GMC chassis

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As seen around … Blue Island

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- An Ahrens Fox of a unknown age doing what it does best.  Does the green light mean it represents a Chicago Fire Truck?  I do not know.  Please respond.  Photo taken in Blue Island at a fire truck/auto show in the early 1990’s.
Mike Summa
classic Ahrens Fox fire engine

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