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A request for patches

This was sent to firescenes.net:

Hi there!! I found this site by accident and the photos are amazing!! I am the daughter of a retired Firefighter/Arson investigator. My father was, and still is so incredibly passionate about his career and serving his community, to the degree that he finally officially retired 2 years ago and went out and found a part time job in another district so he can still do what he loves. Recently my mother was diagnosed with cancer, things have been very hard for him and he is beyond himself with stress and worry. In an effort to cheer him up, my children and I have began the mission of helping him collect patches from all over the world. He has a small collection already, but, he would never be able to obtain as many as he would love to have. Every time we bring him a new one, his day becomes a little brighter and he takes it right to the book we made him to keep them in, and delights in adding to his collection. If by some chance, there is someone, or more than one someone, out there that would like to help cheer up my dad and add to his collection, we would be forever grateful for your contribution and for your help in making this possible for him. My address will be at the end of this post. And to all the firefighters, May you all be safe, return home to those who love you, and thank you for giving the gift of safety back to those who live in the communities in which you work so hard to protect. Gods Speed to all of you…
 
Jennifer Lee
8042 Kelty Ct
Sacramento,Ca 95828

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A request for assistance …

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Seventeen year old Jacob A. Manka was struck by a westbound Metra train around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene about an hour later. He was among a group of three male teens who were trespassing on the train tracks that span a bridge near Pilcher Park when Metra Rock Island train No. 419 approached. The train’s operator saw the teens on the tracks, but not in time to stop and avoid striking two of them.

The teen who avoided being struck was running on the opposite track of the other two boys when the train approached. The three teens were on their way to meet a fourth boy who was nearby, but not on the tracks when the train passed.

Dozens of emergency personnel from 20 different police and fire departments searched a 1.5-mile stretch of Hickory Creek Thursday for the second victim, but failed to recover the body.

The search, which included drones, swift water rescue divers, and a cadaver dog, started at 7 a.m. and was suspended around 2 p.m., after the creek’s conditions became too dangerous. The search for the second body resumed Friday, but it wasn’t as extensive as the one performed the day before.

thanks Tim

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A request for information …

Eugene asks:

Do you know what year Ambulance 6 of the Chicago fire department came into service?

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Of interest … vintage fire chief car for sale

Found online

1949 Plymouth fire chief car from Chicago for sale

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Of interest … new TV show

Excerpts from deadline.com:

Fox is pushing deeper into unscripted programming after the breakout of The Masked Singer, re-teaming with producer Dick Wolf on First Responders Live.
 
Hosted by Josh Elliott and co-produced by Red Arrow Studios’ 44 Blue Productions, the show will premiere June 12. It promises an unprecedented look at fearless first responders as they answer emergency calls across the country.
 
The territory explored by the new show is already marked in the scripted realm by Wolf’s Chicago-set dramas centered around police and fire units, but the new series takes the concept into real life. In basic cable, A&E’s Live PD has gotten significant traction with a similar approach, delivering the network its highest ratings of any of its current shows and some enviable stats in on-demand viewing as well.

thanks Ron

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Of interest … CFD hi-rise response

Video by Jim McCall of a CFD hi-rise response to 116 W. Elm Street

 

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Of interest … Free Happy Hour for CFD Firefighters

This from The Smith:

The Smith—River North’s newest restaurant. As part of our grand opening next week—we’d really love to extend an invitation to all members of the Chicago Fire Department – to come and enjoy a complimentary happy hour and check out our space! The happy hour is scheduled for Tuesday April 30th from 5PM-6:30PM.  We will be offering free wine, beer, cocktails, and serving a variety of our cuisine for guests to sample.  Supporting the Chicago community is a priority for the team at The Smith!  We’d love the opportunity to take care of you and your colleagues! 
 
 
The Smith Chicago Bar and Grill

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Of interest … Emergency!

This from Steve Redick:

This was a big deal. The newly restored Rescue 51 made a nationwide tour and stopped at the Chicago Fire Academy. Too bad they had the barrier tape but very cool to see back on May 6, 2000.

Steve
Restored LA County Squad 51 from the TV show Emergency!

Steve Redick photo

Restored LA County Squad 51 from the TV show Emergency!

Steve Redick photo

Restored LA County Squad 51 from the TV show Emergency!

Steve Redick photo

Restored LA County Squad 51 from the TV show Emergency!

Steve Redick photo

Restored LA County Squad 51 from the TV show Emergency!

Steve Redick photo

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Of interest … Oak Lawn Firehouse Subs

From the Firehouse Subs Oak Lawn Facebook page:

Come celebrate with us April 9th, as we rededicate the Oak Lawn Firehouse Subs with our newest franchisee and local firefighter Bret and Michelle Jefferies.

Retired firefighter Bret Jefferies and his wife Michelle own Firehouse Subs in Oak Lawn

Retired firefighter Bret Jefferies and his wife Michelle own Firehouse Subs in Oak Lawn

Retired firefighter Bret Jefferies and his wife Michelle own Firehouse Subs in Oak Lawn

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Of interest … Backdraft II (more)

 

Excerpts from the hdroom.com:

Universal Pictures has reignited the Backdraft franchise with Backdraft 2 starring original film actors Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin. Newcomer Joe Anderson as the son of Steven “Bull” McCaffrey, along with Alisha Bailey and Jessamine-Bliss Bell, round out the core cast.

Original film producer Raffaella DeLaurentiis and  writer/former firefighter Gregory Widen have also returned for the sequel that will be helmed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

Backdraft 2 is a direct-to-video release from Universal 1440 Entertainment. It will be released simultaneously May 14th on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

Universal will also release a Backdraft and Backdraft 2 Blu-ray set the same date. Also strongly rumored per a listing at Amazon is a Backdraft 4K Ultra HD release with a May 7th release date.

Pre-order Backdraft 2 on Blu-ray combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

thanks Ron

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