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A request for patches

Brock Hathaway patch collection
Request for Patches
Address to Brock Hathaway
40 Orchard Mills Rd.
Claverack NY 12513
thank you 
 
Shirt size large
and Collect challenge coins thank you
Brock Hathaway
Brock Hathaway fire helmet collection

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Of interest … Larry Eckhardt ‘the Flagman’

Excerpts from kgrg.com:

Larry Eckhardt, also known as ‘the Flagman’ died Tuesday at the age of 63. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 before suffering from vocal cord paralysis.

In 2006, Eckhardt, of Little York, Illinois, started placing flags along funeral routes to honor first responders police officers, firefighters and paramedics. He received the same honor when he traveled back to Little York after spending a month in Iowa City for hospice care.

He placed nearly half a million flags around the U.S. to honor fallen service members, police officers, and firefighters. 

Larry Eckhardt 'the Flagman" lost his battle with cancer

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A request for patches

To whom it may concern my name is Thomas Wells I collect patches as a hobby and would consider it a great honor and privilege to receive one of your departments beautiful chicago ohare arff patches for my collection. My address is 15 Venture Ln. Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512. Thank you for your time and consideration on granting my request. Any patches I receive will be put in a binder made specifically for patches. 

Thomas Wells

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A request for assistance

This from a reader:

Hello

My name is Odd Jakob Haaland from Norway . I hope  you can help me  identifying a fire station 🙂 . My father was in Usa from 1952 to 1956 , I have a super 8 movie clip from 1952 , but I’m not sure where the movie was recorded but i know he was in Chicago and other places , My father is passed away so i cant ask him . I use Google street view and i found a similar fire station with railroad track behind the building  The attached screenshot can it be from Chicago Fire Dept Eng 69 ? There is also a picture of a trolley buss ? The sign on the buss says Irving Park ? Can anyone confirm that the pictures are from the Irving park – Chicago area and Fire Dept Eng 69 ?
 
Thank you in advance
 
Best regards Odd Jakob haaland
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing Chicago firehouse
still frame from 1952 from movie showing old Chicago transit bus
  still frame from 1952 from movie showing old Chicago transit bus
Google Maps Street View of Chicago FD Engine 69 firehouse

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A request for patches

I am an avid patch collector from Alabama. I am wondering if there are actually any patches from CFD that correlate with the apparatus that is on the Chicago fire tv show. let me know thanks
 
HAVE A GREAT DAY, ZAC

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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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