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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Unable to afford the cost of college, Henry “Mitch” Mayfield Jr. left Northern Illinois University after a year and joined the Army hoping to jump-start his future. Mayfield Jr., a 23-year-old Army specialist from Hazel Crest, and two other Americans, both contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense, were killed at Manda Bay Airfield by al-Shabab extremists, who claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mayfield Jr. attended Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills before enrolling at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He spent one year at NIU studying business before running short on funding for his education and enlisting in the Army. His decision to join the Army in August 2017 at age 20 was informed both by a desire to build a better future for himself and a sense of duty to serve others.

He had been in Kenya since October, where he worked installing, maintaining, and repairing heating and cooling systems. Before that, he was stationed at Fort Rucker in Alabama, where he served as an air traffic services mechanic with the 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment.

Al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the assault, in which they overran a key military base used by U.S. counterterror forces, killing three and destroying several U.S. aircraft and vehicles. It was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against U.S. forces in the East African country, and the military called the security situation fluid several hours after the assault, which also left five of the attackers dead.

The latest attack comes just over a week after an al-Shabab truck bomb in Somalia’s capital killed at least 79 people and U.S. airstrikes killed seven al-Shabab fighters in response. Last year, al-Shabab attacked a U.S. military base inside Somalia, Baledogle, that is used to launch drone strikes but reportedly failed to make their way inside. The extremist group also has carried out multiple attacks against Kenyan troops in the past in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight it.

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

fallen soldier arrives at O'Hare Airport

Tim Olk photo

military honor guard

Tim Olk photo

military honor guard

Tim Olk photo

Tim Olk photo

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A request for assistance …

Hi,

 
My name is Michael Byerline. I snapped this picture while on a recent trip to Chicago on December 20th and I’m trying to get it to the wonderful woman who’s in it. I feel like she’d really enjoy having this. Based on the captain’s helmet in the background I’m thinking she’s a part of engine 113? Her helmet says Ambulance 2, I’m not sure if that’s run out of the same facility or not. If you know of anyone I can contact to try to get this picture to her that’d be amazing. Thank you very much! 
Best,
 
Michael Byerline, Jr.
female paramedic in Chicago

Michael Byerline, Jr. photo

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A request for patches

MY NAME IS MILE P GRAHAM.I AM NOT A VOLUNTEER AT LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ALPLAUS,NEW YORK BUT I AM A COLLECTOR OF FIRE PATCHES. I HAVE PATCHES  FROM MANY STATES, AND AM HOPING TO COLLECT MORE. I AM ALSO INTERESTED IN COLLECTING CHALLENGE COINS AND FIRE STATION T-SHIRTS(4X).MY LOCAL STATION CHIEF ANDREW COPPOLA IS HELPING ME. COULD YOU PLEASE CONIDER SENDING ONE OF YOUR STATION PATCHES. LET ME KNOW YES OR NO.RETURN RESPONSE REQUESTED EMAIL IS mgrahamengland2626@gmail.com THANK YOU MICHAEL P.GRAHAM    

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Of interest … Firefighters stepping up to help

Excerpts from the indychannel.com:

After a Brownsburg (IN) boy with special needs was denied a visit with Santa because of his service dog, the fire department stepped up way to make a special visit. Members of the Brownsburg Fire Territory brought Santa to him!

Tyler, tried to visit Santa last week in Indianapolis but was denied entry because of his service dog.

Santa ditched his reindeer for the night and hitched a ride in a fire truck to get to Tyler’s house for the surprise. Not only did Tyler get a visit from Santa, but he and his dog got to explore the fire truck, blow the horn, and use a hose! Santa brought Tyler his very own fire truck. The fire department captured the visit live on their Facebook page. They also took the time to give some education about service animals.

Santa, a boy, and a fire truck toy

Brownsburg Fire Territory photo

Santa, a boy, and a fire truck toy

Brownsburg Fire Territory photo

Brownsburg firefighters deliver toys

Brownsburg Fire Territory photo

boy with service dog named Ryan

Brownsburg Fire Territory photo

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A request for patches

Can anyone be of assistance:
Good morning… my name is Sharon Doty and I live out in DeKalb IL. I’m inquiring about a Chicago Fire Department patch. Not certain if I’m connecting to the right place or if you can lead me in the right direction. My sons dad was a firefighter/chief in Sycamore local 3042 for 23 years. He’s now retired. My 10 year old has taken up collecting fire department patches. We go into Luries Children’s Hospital every 6 months for his Dr. appointments. On our last visit, we walked across to Harry Carays for lunch and passed Firehouse 98. The young man working that day was outside returning from a call and he was SO kind to take a few minutes to talk with my son and even asked if he’d like a picture next to the engine. Quin has talked about that every time we hear a siren go off. It made quite an impact. The firefighters name was Mohammed. Anyway, I would like to see about getting a patch either from Chicago or Firehouse 98. Not certain if they have different patches in the city. I want to put it in his Christmas stocking. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thank you,
Sharon Doty
(815)751-8478
1523 Waterside Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115

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As seen around … O’Hare

This from Dany Nelms:

Here is a video of CFD giving a water cannon salute to the last KLM 747 flight out of Ohare airport on october 25th

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As seen around … Chicago

Found this in north Avondale parked on the street. The lettering that has been removed says “Jacksonville”, not sure if it’s really visible in the photo. It also appears—based on removed lettering—to have been assigned to the haz mat team before ending up here. Unsure who it belongs to or how it ended up in Avondale. Thought your readers might find it interesting.

Joe
Former Jacksonville FD ambulance spotted in Chicago

Former Jacksonville FD ambulance spotted in Chicago

Former Jacksonville FD ambulance spotted in Chicago

Former Jacksonville FD ambulance spotted in Chicago

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Of interest … South Holland firefighters visit retired Chicago firefighter

Excerpts from the chicagotribune.com:

Gordon Grand Pre has vivid memories of his first assignment as a Chicago firefighter in the 1950s. When he arrived at the burning three-story building, people were jumping from windows to escape the blaze. He initially froze but another firefighter patted him on the back and said, “Keep moving, they’ll jump on you, if you don’t.”

Now 93, Grand Pre sometimes struggles with his powers of recollection. But that memory stands strong in his mind.

Grand Pre, a resident of Arden Courts Memory Care Community of South Holland, has memory lapses, but he remembers those early years as a first responder firefighter like they were yesterday.

He had a chance to relive some of that excitement recently, when the South Holland Fire Department came to visit him for a “Hearts Desire” event.

While these were firefighters from the local department, they still sparked nostalgia in Grand Pre for his 35 years on the job.

His wife remembers when her husband left for a week-long firefighting stint during the Chicago riots of 1968 and she packed him a care package of soup, crackers, and candy bars. He carried the food in a sack tied to the end of a stick, like a hobo. 

After the firefighters arrived and greeted Grand Pre, they led him to the firetruck and took him for a ride around the neighborhood. His family stood by smiling and clapping.

South Holland Fire Chief Brian Kolosh said he was happy to receive the invitation to make Grand Pre’s day special.

“Once you’re in the fire service, you’re always in the fire family,” said Kolosh. “Whatever we can do as a fire department, we’re going to do to make it a memorable moment for him.”

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A request for assistance …

My name is Abby Breger and I am the Training Manager at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.I’m reaching out because we are in need of safety training. Our building is very large and I was looking for a professional to come in and educate our staff on fire safety protocols within our building. I was wondering if this is something the Chicago Fire Department provides? I look forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you,

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Request for assistance …

Submitted to the blog:

Hello my name is ff William smith ky fire men we have Mr Ernest Ray jr a retired chgo fire men here in the hospital was trying to get hold to you all to see if we can get his old company in contact or see if one f y’all could come down give me a call 270-30-9449
 

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