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South Holland Fire Department LODD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham (more)

Excerpts from kpcnews.com:

A crowd of hundreds congregated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smits Funeral Home, where they paid respects to honor the memory of Dylan Cunningham, 29, a South Holland firefighter and paramedic who died last week.

The private service was officiated by South Holland Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Daniel Svendsen. Outside, rows of public servants, including local firefighters, police officers, U.S. Army veterans, and Illinois and Indiana Army National guardsmen surrounded the funeral home, standing by as Cunningham’s loved ones and dignitaries bade their final farewells.

Cunningham, the son of Rosemary and Patrick Cunningham, died Sept. 30 during an underwater dive training exercise at Haigh Quarry Lake in Kankakee. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He had been with the South Holland Fire Department in a part-time role since 2011 and was sworn in full-time in 2018. He was also a paramedic, served in the Illinois Army National Guard, and was a member of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) Honor Guard Association and of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) 24/27 Dive Team. In October 2018, Cunningham received a Gold Seal from the South Cook County EMS medical director for his work in saving a patient on an EMS call.

Cunningham graduated from Thornwood High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He earned a degree in fire science from Prairie State College, and then journeyed to Poland where he studied to become a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist for the Illinois National Guard. By the end of his service, Cunningham had earned the rank of sergeant and had served in a chemical operations and infantry unit.

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South Holland Fire Department LODD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham

From the South Holland FD Facebook page:

Funeral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham

Funeral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan CunninghamFuneral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham
Funeral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham

Funeral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan CunninghamFuneral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham Funeral arrangements for South Holland FD FF/PM Dylan Cunningham

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South Holland Fire Department news (more)

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard has been  activated for the line of duty death of South Holland Local #4109  Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham. Brother Cunningham passed on  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after suffering a medical emergency during  a training exercise.  Brother Cunningham was a member of the AFFI Honor  Guard, having been inducted in 2019.
 
Please bring local flags, pikes, and axes for use at the services. As  previously directed, all Honor Guard members should wear a plain black  mask at all times.  Additional precautions for each facility will be  discussed prior to the services.
 
Arrangements for Dylan Cunningham are as follow:
 
Visitation:  Tuesday October 6 from 1pm – 8pm at Smits Funeral Home located at 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane in Dyer, IN 46311
Firefighter Walk-Thru:  Line up at 6:00pm, walk thru at 7pm
Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am at Smits Funeral Home. Honor Guard members should assemble no later than 10:00am.
Procession to South Holland Station 43 then to St. John Catholic Church in Glenwood.
 
Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard

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South Holland Fire Department news (more)

Found on gofundme.com:

South Holland FD Firefighter Dylan CunninghamAs many of you may know Dylan Cunningham left this world yesterday during a dive training exercise. I think it’s only fitting to help raise some funds for his family, fiancé and his soon to be son, to help lessen the stress during this time. Many of us were honored to have had the privilege of knowing Dylan and having him be apart of our lives. Those who didn’t get the chance should know that he would have welcomed you with open arms. He was a genuine person who cared for every person he met and could put a smile on anyone’s face. Coworkers, friends, and family, let’s do what we do best and give back to the man who gave his all each and everyday. These funds will be given to Laura as a beneficiary and be used by them for whatever is needed. Here is the link for the Baby Registry as well .

GoFundMe campaign for the family of fallen South Holland Firefighter Dylan Cunningham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Holland Fire Department news

From the South Holland Fire Department Facebook page:

From J. Wynsma, Village Administrator for the Village of South Holland:

The Village of South Holland is deeply saddened to report the tragic loss of Firefighter Dylan Cunningham following an underwater dive on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Dylan has been a member of the South Holland Fire Department since 2011. He started as a part-time firefighter and began serving full time in 2018. Dylan also served in the Illinois Army National Guard since 2012.

We know you have many questions, and so do we. Our efforts will bring conclusions that we will share with you in the coming days.

In the days ahead we will be doing everything we can to support the Cunningham family. We ask that you keep Dylan’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

South Holland FD Firefighter Dylan Cunningham

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Palatine Fire Department Memorial Ceremony

Palatine Fire Department press release

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Chicago double LODD 12-22-10 (more)

Excerpts from claims journal.com:

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

CFD Media photo

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

CFD Media photo

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

CFD Media photo

thanks Danny

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

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

 

Excerpts from wbay.com:

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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