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Elmhurst Fire Department history

This from Brian Murphy:

“This picture shows what a 10 year-old can do with an Instamatic Camera at a parade on a cloudy day.  Ok, not that much, but the subject is Elmhurst’s 1974 Pierce-Hendrickson 1500 GPM Engine 1, with old Truck 1 (1955 Seagrave 85′ mid-mount) right behind.  Taken during the 1975 Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade in downtown Elmhurst on York Street. Dimples in picture courtesy of thumbtacks from bedroom bulletin board. Memorial Day is coming up soon- perhaps there’s some 10 year-olds out there ready to provide some future historic photos for this site.  Enjoy!”
 
Brian Murphy
Elmhurst FD Engine 1 1974 Pierce

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Evergreen Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

This is the Evergreen Park Truck 32, a 1956 Pirsch 750/250 65′ midmount aerial truck.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
1956 Pirsch 750/250 65' mid-mount quint.

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Box Alarm fire in Palatine, 5-20-17

Palatine firefighters were called to 1054 N. Glenview Court for a structure fire after midnight on Saturday (5/20/17). Units arrived to find heavy fire in the rear and through the roof in an end unit of a three-story, four-unit, multi-family structure. Palatine police officers were already evacuating residents as Engine 81 advanced a line to the rear. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 and then a MABAS Box Alarm bringing units from Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Lake Zurich, and Barrington. 

The fire was under control prior to the arrival of Box Alarm companies who were returned shortly after arriving in staging. A cat was rescued from one of the units and returned to it’s owner by a Palatine firefighter.

Spartan tower ladder at fire scene

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Firefighter in PPE covered with insulation after overhaul

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Firefighters rest after battling a blaze

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scene of townhouse fire

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Firefighter brings cat from fire building

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flames burning through chimney

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aftermath of townhouse damaged by fire

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aftermath of townhouse damaged by fire

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Ferrara fire engine on a hydrant

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Palatine FD Squad 85 Spartan ERV

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fire trucks with chevron striping on scene at night

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Elgin FD memorial service

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Elgin Fire Chief David Schmidt was part of the original Elgin Area Firefighters Memorial ceremony 25 years ago, as was colleague and friend Steve Berry, and Elgin Fire Department Chaplain Roger Pollock.

This year’s memorial was especially bittersweet for Schmidt because Berry was among those being remembered Berry, who died in July 2016, was among 11 firefighters from seven area departments honored during Saturday’s 25th annual memorial service, held at George Van De Voorde Firefighter Memorial Park on the grounds of the Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum on Bent Street.

Bells tolled for Berry and Robert F. Smith from the Elgin Fire Department; Thomas Mack and Ken Penkala from Bartlett Fire Department; Dennis Dwyer from Carpentersville Fire Department; Don Benchly, Ron Nussbaum and Don Oranger from Hampshire Fire Department; Robert Scholl from Hoffman Estates Fire Department; and Michael Mattoon from Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District. Freeport Firefighter Eric Kohlbauer, who died in the line of service, was also recognized.

A moment of silence was held for Elgin Police Officer Steve Jones, who died suddenly May 7. Schmidt said Jones was a friend to firefighters and will be missed.

The annual ceremony is a way for families to mourn their loved ones as well as heal, Schmidt said.

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain read a proclamation marking the day, which also included such traditions as the Last Alarm, reading of the “Fireman’s Prayer” and a performance of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.

Kathleen Mattoon attended the event with her 1-year-old daughter, Madison. She lost her husband Michael, a former Rutland Dundee firefighter, in January. Kathleen took photos of the ceremony to share with her daughter and to keep Michael’s memory alive.

“The fire service has been what has gotten Madison and me through every day,” said Mattoon, who attended the ceremony many times when growing up as the daughter of former West Dundee Fire Chief Frank Buhrmann. “The support they have given us is incredible.”

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Historic fire in Waukegan, 3-18-75

This from Brian Murphy:

This story from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun involves multiple fires occurring in an apartment complex which was located across the street from the old downtown central Waukegan Fire Station. The cause of the fire was a failure of a component in the building’s gas distribution service, which resulted in multiple fires breaking out simultaneously throughout the building.  Rescues were made by Waukegan’s Hi-Ranger Snorkel and their mid-50’s-vintage Seagrave tillered, 85′,  3-section aerial ladder truck. Photos were taken by News-Sun photographer Don Martin. I would imagine the guys who responded are all long-since retired!  Enjoy!
 
Brian Murphy
from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

 from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

from the March 18, 1975 edition of the Waukegan News-Sun

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Calumet City Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1969 Mack / Pierce Snorkel, it ran as Truck 307 replacing the 1937 ALF quad. It was in service until well into the the 90’s. It had a 75′ Snorkel with a 1000 GPM pump. It was quartered  at the public works garage until 1972 when Station 2 was opened.

Wayne Stuart Photo

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1969 Mack / Pierce Snorkel, it ran as Truck 307 replacing the 1937 ALF quad. It was in service until well into the the 90's. It had a 75' Snorkel with a 1000 GPM pump

Wayne Stuart Photo

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Orland Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

This is Orland FPD’s E6083.  It started life I believe as a 1971 American LaFrance 1500/500.  As the picture shows it was rehabbed in 1988 with a Century 2000 cab.  Please enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
Orland FPD American LaFrance fire engine

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Chicago Fire Department news

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael Murphy, 56, died Sunday after attending a water polo match at Mount Carmel High School in Woodlawn.

Murphy, a Beverly resident, is survived by his wife, Sarah, and their three children — Clare, John and William.

Murphy’s son Will is a captain on the Caravan’s water polo team, and they were participating in a father-son water polo match on Sunday at the school.

The Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees’, Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund will provide financial assistance to Murphy’s children, said Bill Sullivan, who works for the group dedicated to widows and orphans of Chicago Fire Department personnel.

Funeral arrangements are are pending.

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Of interest … Backdraft props for sale

Uniforms and helmets from the movie Backdraft are for sale on eBay

CFD helmets from the Movie Backdraft

props from the movie Backdraft

CFD fire coat from the movie Backdraft

prop from the movie Backdraft

CFD uniform shirt from the movie Backdraft

prop from the movie Backdraft

CFD uniforms from the movie Backdraft

props from the movie Backdraft

Backdraft Props / Chicago Fire

These Backdraft items are original props from the 1991 Backdraft movie.

This collection includes 5 helmets, turnout coat and white uniform shirt.

Helmets…Captains helmet, was the one held by the small boy at the beginning of the movie, Lieutenant’s helmet was the one used by Kurt Russell throughout the movie, Candidates helmet (17) used by William Baldwin, the other two used by other cast members.

Also…Bull McCaffery turn out coat

Also…White Kurt Russell uniform shirt

Please email with questions

Paypal will be accepted for a small deposit when purchased 

CFD uniforms from the movie Backdraft for sale

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Olympia Gardens Vol. Fire Dept. History

This from Mike Summa:

This was the Olympia Gardens Mack engine.  I do not know specs, but I think it could be X South Chicago Hts. This department was near Western Ave. and Joe Orr Road near Chicago Heights and went out of business in the 90’s.

vintage L-Model Mack pumper

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