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Chicago double LODD 12-22-10 (more)

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An insurer may be liable for $14 million of a mortgage company’s settlement with the estates of two Chicago firefighters who were killed while battling a blaze at an abandoned laundry, a federal appellate court ruled Monday.

A district court judge had ruled that no coverage was owed under the excess liability policy issued by a Chubb unit because of an exclusion for properties held by a “mortgagee in procession.” But a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there was a question of whether the policyholder, Apex Mortgage Corp., was actually in possession of the property at 1738-1744 E. 75th St.

“The district court determined Apex indisputably possessed the property, but we think the court jumped the gun,” the court said.

The case is Apex Mortgage Corp. v. Great Northern Insurance Co.. The City of Chicago had cited the owners of the former Sing Way Commercial Shirt Service for 14 code violations. The court said the “property was in disrepair, exposed to the elements, trashed and open to vagrants.”

The building’s owners, Chuck and Richard Dai, had defaulted on their mortgage. When Apex threatened foreclosure, the Dais offered to give the deed to Apex. The company accepted subject to an inspection to ensure the property was marketable.

Apex inspected the property, installed new locks on the building and a tarp over the roof, but decided there was no point in pursuing foreclosure, Apex’s lawyers said in court pleadings. Apex returned the deed to the Dais in April 2009 with a letter reminding them they owned the building and urging them to secure the property. The Dais say they never got the letter.

On Dec. 22, 2010, the Chicago Fire Department responded to a fire at the property. The roof collapsed about 20 minutes after that call came in, killing firefighters Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer, who had entered the building to search for homeless occupants. Two other firefighters were buried in the rubble, but survived. The firefighters’ estates filed wrongful death actions against Apex, which the mortgage company settled for $15 million.

Apex’s primary liability insurer, Great Northern Insurance Co., paid the $1 million policy limit after Apex filed suit. Apex sought to recover the remaining $14 million from its excess policy with Federal Insurance Co., but Federal said no coverage was owed because of the exclusion.

District Court Judge Virginia M. Kendall agreed with Federal that Apex was a mortgagee in possession at the time of the fire and granted summary judgment in Federal’s favor. But the 7th Circuit said the facts in evidence provide room to argue otherwise.

The panel said Chuck Dai ordered a handyman to board up the property after the city cited him for code violations. He never made the other repairs that were ordered and eventually was sentenced to 180 days in jail for his negligence. Chuck Dai did not contest the city’s allegations that he controlled the property during those criminal proceedings.

The court also rejected Federal’s argument that Apex effectively admitted it was in possession of the property when it agreed to a settlement with the firefighters’ estates.

“Settlement does not create a judicial ruling,” the panel said. “Nor does it vindicate a plaintiff’s theory of liability. Parties can settle for any number of reasons and the obligation to pay comes from the settlement itself (an agreement), not from one party’s liability.”

The court remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings.

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Chicago Fire Department news

From Chicago FD Media on Twitter:

The Chicago Fire Department along with family & friends held the 10th Year Ceremonial Bell Ringing for fallen Firefighter Christopher Wheatley on 8/9/20. CFD received its first new fireboat decades in 2011 and it was named after Wheatley.

The Chicago Fire Department along with family & friends held the 10th Year Ceremonial Bell Ringing for fallen Firefighter Christopher Wheatley. CFD received its first new fireboat decades in 2011 and it was named after Wheatley

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The Chicago Fire Department along with family & friends held the 10th Year Ceremonial Bell Ringing for fallen Firefighter Christopher Wheatley. CFD received its first new fireboat decades in 2011 and it was named after Wheatley

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The Chicago Fire Department along with family & friends held the 10th Year Ceremonial Bell Ringing for fallen Firefighter Christopher Wheatley. CFD received its first new fireboat decades in 2011 and it was named after Wheatley

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

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A funeral was held Wednesday for Edward Singleton, the second Chicago firefighter to die from coronavirus complications. He passed away April 14 at age 55 and leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

While a traditional funeral service is not possible during these times, immediate family was allowed inside the funeral home while friends and fellow firefighters remained in their parked vehicles outside. A live stream allowed loved ones to join in mourning. Following the service, a procession accompanied Singleton’s hearse to Mt. Hope Cemetery.

As of today, 130 Chicago firefighters have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Both Chicago Fire Department deaths were declared in the line-of-duty, so their families could access additional benefits.

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Appleton, WI Fire Department LODD 5-15-19

This from Asher Heimermann:

A firefighter with the Appleton Fire Department was shot and killed in the line of duty after responding to a medical emergency call Wednesday night.

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter’s body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Firefighters lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the body.

Asher Heimermann


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The Appleton Fire Department says a firefighter was killed Wednesday during a shooting at Valley Transit Center. The firefighter’s name has not been released, but the firefighter had been with the department for 14 years. The firefighter, a police officer, and two others were shot at the transit center Wednesday afternoon.

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter’s body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the firefighter to the medical examiner. The fallen firefighter was draped in an American flag.

Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department says police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call shortly at 5:30 p.m. While they were treating the person, “the incident escalated into shots being fired.” Police are still trying to determine what led up to the shooting and exactly how many rounds went off.

Because the shooting involved Appleton police officers and firefighters, the Green Bay Police Department was called in to investigate the incident with the help of other agencies. Appleton, Kaukauna and Fox Valley Metro police departments, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene.

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Historic 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-22-89

This from Steve Redick:

2-22-89, a 3-11 alarm at the Rose of Sharon Church. LODD of FF  Kelvin Anderson from Engine 107. It was a busy night, cold temperatures and snow. 
I was working on some of my old audio and thought I would share this.

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Christopher Fire Department LODD, 5-5-19

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The Christopher Police Department said a call came in around 3:30 a.m. reporting a fire at 118 West Market Street.  Seventeen fire departments and six police departments assisted in battling the two-story structure fire early Sunday morning. 

Christopher Fire Chief Ron Learned said a call for Mayday came an hour after the fire started for someone down inside the fire scene.  “We were able to bring one of those people out and then the other we did not recover until later.”

“The City of Christopher Fire Department announces the line of duty death of Christopher Firefighter Kody Vanfossan. Firefighter Vanfossan fell in the line of duty early this morning while working a commercial building fire in the City of Christopher.”

Christopher’s police chief said that Vanfossan’s dad was also inside the building fighting the fire.  Vanfossan is the grandson of Christopher Mayor Gary Bartolotti.

It’s unclear how the fire started, but officials said the building was a vacant furniture store, and that no one was inside at the time. Crews focused their attention to the top floor of the two-story building where smoke was seen coming out.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Godfrey Fire Protection District LODD (more)

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Hundreds of firefighters representing departments on both sides of the Mississippi River and as far away as the Chicago area joined mourners at funeral services for Godfrey Fire Capt. Jake Ringering Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Henry Street and some surrounding streets were barricaded off at about 8 a.m. as mourners arrived, and more than 180 emergency vehicles ranging from cars to aerial ladder trucks were lined up for the processional.

Ringering was killed March 5 when a portion of brick structure collapsed at a Bethalto house fire. The Godfrey Fire Protection District was one of several departments providing mutual aid at the blaze, which is still under investigation.

Firefighter Luke Warner, who was also injured and underwent surgery in St. Louis for two broken legs, was among those attending visitation Monday and the service Tuesday.

For the firefighters attending the funeral from many different departments, it is about tradition and brotherhood.

The funeral mass began at about 10 a.m., and people started gathering at the intersection of Piasa and Broadway by about 12:30 p.m. A number of people were carrying flags.

The procession, which included more than 180 emergency vehicles ranging from police cars to aerial ladders, left the church at about 12:30 with Ringering’s casket on top Godfrey Pumper No. 1410, followed by other Godfrey Fire apparatus. They were followed by the East Alton and then the Alton Fire Department.

The procession made its way to Valhalla Memorial Garden for graveside services.


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Godfrey Fire Protection District LODD (more)

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Funeral services for Godfrey Fire Capt. Jake Ringering have been set for Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, and numerous fundraisers have been set for his family.

Ringering, 37, was killed Tuesday when he was struck by part of a brick wall while he was fighting a residential fire on Culp Lane. GFPD Firefighter Luke Warner was seriously injured, and underwent surgery on Wednesday.

The investigation into the blaze at 4604 Culp Lane, Bethalto, is ongoing and is expected to continue at the site through next week.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, with a 6 p.m. walk-through by members of the Godfrey Fire Protection District.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the church, with the Rev. Jeremy Paulin officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Benefiting the Jake Ringering Family, through Carrolton Bank, 120 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Illinois, 62002.

A number of other fundraisers have been announced, including 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Godfrey McDonald’s; 11 a.m. Monday, March 11 at Bakers & Hale; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Roma’s Pizza in Bethalto. Donations are also being accepted at the Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Jerseyville, and Wood River police departments.

In addition, a fund has been set up for Warner, with donations to be sent to “Benefiting the Luke Warner Family” at the Carrolton Bank.

For a more complete list visit the Godfrey Firefighters IAFF Local 1692 Facebook page.

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McHenry County Sheriff’s Office LODD

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The McHenry County Sheriff has confirmed the death of Deputy Jake Keltner, saying:

“We regret to inform you that shortly after 3:30p.m. today Deputy Jacob Keltner has passed away.

Deputy Keltner was shot earlier this morning while attempting to serve an arrest warrant with the U.S. Marshalls Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Deputy Keltner has served the community of McHenry for almost 13 years as a deputy.”

Illinois State Police engaged in a pursuit with the suspect, who stopped on I-55 in Logan County. Police negotiators were on-scene. I-55 and Route 60 were shut down. 

Rockford Police reponded to the Extended Stay America at 747 N. Bell School Road around 9:15 a.m for a call to assist agents with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force who were serving a warrant.

Police say shots were fired inside the hotel, and outside in the parking lot. Authorities said that a McHenry County deputy working with U.S. Marshals, was shot outside the hotel.

Authorities named 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown as a suspect. Brown was wanted on a suspect wanted for a series of robberies in Bloomington.

Police say Brown, a resident of Springfield, was able to escape the police in Bloomington on Sunday and was still at large. Brown was said to be in possession of a rifle and considered dangerous.

A female aquaintance of the suspect was found to be in the hotel room, suffering from a gunshot wound, which police say was fired by Brown.

Rockford Police say officers did not fire any rounds at the scene. The woman is said to have suffered a non-life threatening injury.

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On Thursday morning, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner and his U.S. Marshals task force went to the Extended Stay America in Rockford to serve a warrant, and while his team never fired a shot, Keltner was gunned down through a window and later died as the suspect escaped and headed south toward Interstate 55.

A woman whom Rockford police described as an acquaintance of the shooter and Keltner were both shot by suspect. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries. Keltner was sent to MercyHealth’s Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside and underwent surgery before his death.

Keltner, who was a Crystal Lake resident and a fugitive investigator with the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, died at 3:30 p.m. He was 35. He joined the McHenry County Sheriff’s department in June 2006. A procession will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday from MercyHealth’s Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

Illinois State Police pursued the suspect down Interstate 55 and the man was stationary inside his vehicle on I-55 in Logan County as of Thursday evening. Northbound and southbound lanes on I-55 were temporarily shut down as well as Route 66. A standoff with the suspect, Floyd E. Brown, 39, believed to be of Springfield, continued late into the day. The state police SWAT team and crisis negotiation officers responded.

Bloomington police had investigated Brown in 2018 for a suspected burglary. He was also suspected of crashing a car into three other vehicles, injuring at least two people and fleeing. Brown was on parole at the time after being convicted for a series of 2011 burglaries in McLean and Macon counties. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison but was released in January of 2018.

Brown is charged with attempted murder and will have his bond set at $5 million if he is taken into custody. He could face between 20 years to natural life in prison if convicted.


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Godfrey Fire Protection District LODD

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Godfrey Fire Department Capt. Jake Ringering was killed Tuesday after a brick structure collapsed on him while he and others fought a fire in the 4000 block of Culp Lane in Bethalto.

Another firefighter with the department, Luke Warner, suffered injuries and was transferred from the scene by helicopter. He is in stable condition, according to a press release sent Tuesday night by Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold.

A release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office says two other firefighters were injured and have since been released from the hospital. Their names were not released.

The first crews were called around 4:16 p.m. to the home for a fully-involved house. A family living there had escaped, but reported several pets in cages remained in the home.

Firefighters from multiple departments worked the scene for nearly an hour when there was the report of multiple injuries to firefighters after part of the home collapsed.

An official cause of the fire was not immediately given by fire officials. It appeared to originate in an area of a garage, from where injured firefighters were seen being taken on stretchers.

Firefighters from Cottage Hills, Bethalto, Brighton, and Godfrey responded to aid the Fosterburg Fire Protection District, which was first on the scene. Alton Memorial Ambulance, Lifestar Ambulance, Survival Flight, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene.

Late Tuesday night, fire and rescue agencies from across the metro area formed a procession that carried the body of Capt. Ringering from Alton Memorial Hospital past Godfrey Fire Station 1, where personnel stood in salute outside. The procession then continued past the East Alton Fire Station, and on to a Madison County facility.

During the procession, the Edwardsville Fire Department manned Alton stations, and Alton personnel covered Godfrey calls.

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