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Chicago Fire Department history, 2-11 Alarm fire audio recording

This from Steve Redick:

Some more classic CFD radio. Warren Jonas was the call taker and yours truly gave out the still on the amplifier. Joe Pavlik was on the radio in the office. I think the 7th battalion was Mike Hughes.   2-11 3607 Fullerton. Nothing unusual about this but just a good old typical extra alarm.

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-22-1989

This from Steve Redick:

Another item from Jim Regan’s archive. This fire occurred on a bitter cold night and resulted in the death of FF Kelvin Anderson of Engine 107. His body was recovered several hours after the height of the fire. I uploaded some images I took at this fire

scene of a 3-11 Alarm fire 12/22/89 where Firefighter Kevin Anderson was killed

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scene of a 3-11 Alarm fire 12/22/89 where Firefighter Kevin Anderson was killed

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Light Wagon 916

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From fsi.illinois.edu:

On December 22, 1989, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Kelvin Anderson of Engine 107, died in the line of duty when the roof collapsed on him during a fire at the Rose of Sharon Church on W. Warren Boulevard. Anderson’s colleagues reported that he was crawling through the church searching for victims when the roof collapsed around 7 p.m. Search and rescue teams labored for more than sixteen hours before Anderson’s body, buried under debris in the church’s basement, was recovered around 11 a.m. the next morning. An autopsy indicated that he had died from asphyxiation and severe burns. Anderson was given full department honors during his funeral, and a plaque in his memory was unveiled at Engine 107’s firehouse in 2001.

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-17-92

More from Steve Redick for #TBT:

I found my archive of the famous West Town gas explosions 1-17-92 at 937 N. Racine. A valve failed causing high pressure gas supply to an entire neighborhood resulting in explosions and fires over a large area. The radio traffic is pretty intense. Some of the voices I recognize in the office Dan Bull, Lee Madison, and Mike Kerr, in the field Bob Hoff Batt 6. Bob Walters Truck 19, Wally Lynch E43, Ed Fitzgerald 271, Ray Orozco JR on Truck 7, and Duke Scneider on E57.

We were at the fire Duke had and I’ll never forget he said to us at the time “there are 61 trucks in this friggin city and you can’t find me at least one?” He was on his own at a well involved factory fire. Many will also recall Bob Hoff found a fire, made rescues, drove them to the hospital, and returned back to manage that and a few other incidents. This whole event was really something to see. I was there early on with the watch from work as we were passing nearby on the way home. Unfortunately I did not have my camera. 

 

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm in Chicago, 1-10-82 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

You can hear a young Steve Redick in parts of this one.

previous recording is HERE

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Vintage recording of 2-11 Alarm fire, 11-12-90

More from Steve Redick:

Some more classic CFD radio. Warren Jonas was the call taker and yours truly gave out the still on the amplifier. Joe Pavlik was on the radio in the office. I think the 7th battalion was Mike Hughes. The fire was a 2-11 at 3607 Fullerton 11/12/90. Nothing unusual about this but just a good old typical extra alarm.

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm in Chicago, 1-10-82

This from Steve Redick:

I was due to work in the FAO this day and my boss Jack Turner called me at 0430 hours to tell me to try and get my car started due to the 26 below temps. In those days you showed up to work no matter what. On the way in we stopped by the fire at 1244 N. Wells and it was so cold I could barely stand it. No photos, took a quick look and on to work. Some of the voices you will hear on this recording: FAO Ken Little, George Mazurek, Joe Pavlik, Jeff Rodrigues, and Phil McMahon. On Truck 10 the late Ray Hoff, driving the 3rd Battalion Bob Welch, and Tom Wagner as Battalion 27A. 744 Dennis Goralski and 477 Ed Karas. Interesting to note there was a 2-11 prior to the start of the recording at 2930 Broadway. This was the start to an unbelievable fire day.

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-17-74 (more)

audio recording of the 5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 at the former International Harvestor Works building at 26th & Rockwell

this was a 5-11 Alarm with 3 special alarms (9 additional engines and 2 flying squads)

 

thanks Steve

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Historic 3-11 Alarm for the plane crash in Chicago, 12-8-72 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Made from a Jim Regan tape. 12-8-72

United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737-222 crashed during an aborted landing and go around while approaching Midway Airport on December 8, 1972. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood, destroying five houses.
 

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-82

This from Steve Redick:

I opened the archives again. This fire was in a 4-11 in a huge, u-shaped apartment building at 3348 N. Central 9/9/82.
 
Some voices: call taker FAO George Mazurek; Kenny Little dispatching the units, and those with sharp ears will recognize Roger Thompson later in the incident.
 
I took this in and have a few images, some are a little iffy in terms of quality but worth a look. They brought the turret wagon into the courtyard but as I recall they didn’t use it. This was a tough and nasty job.

Steve

vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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Chicago FD turret wagon at a fire

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 3

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

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Vintage 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-5-78

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s another from the archives, a 3-11 Alarm fire at 2950 W. Jackson 6/5/78. From what I can tell this was an old hotel. Listen to the interesting dialogue between the office and a certain engine company when they were directed to change quarters to eng 77. They were concerned about the “canine presence”. Some classic stuff here. The main voice in the office was the late Danny Evans. There is also some radio traffic from Skokie FD in the mix too.
 

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