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A request for information …

From a reader:

Hi my name is Angelina , I wanted to know if any of the firehouses in the Chicago area sell t-shirts. Please  let me know
Thank you for all you do
 
Angelina

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Zion Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA)

This from Asher Heimermann:

The Zion Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) was originally founded as the Zion Civil Defense Agency. The name has changed but the goals have remained the same, to prepare the City of Zion and its residents to cope with any disaster or emergency that may arise. ESDA falls under the City of Zion Fire/Rescue Department with Fire Chief John Lewis functioning as the ESDA Coordinator.
Zion Civil Defense Agency

Asher Heimermann photo

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A request for assistance …

Hello Chicago Fire,
 
My name is Mara and I am currently interning at Plant Chicago- which is located in an old fire house at 4459 N Marshfield! I am emailing y’all today to see if you could share any history on the building and the department that used to be located within. We are looking to put together an educational history of the building and it uses through out time.
 
Any history or photos you could share would be greatly appreciated!
 
Thank you, Mara

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As seen around … Harvey

This from Kevin Griffin:

Found this arrow xt pumper in Harvey in a truck parking lot off Dixie highway and 154th street. The top on the side it said Stafford County.  I also found an image on google which appears to be this rig 

Pierce fire engine for sale

Kevin Griffin photo

Pierce fire engine for sale

Kevin Griffin photo

Stafford County fire engine after a crash

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A request for assistance …

Hi my name is Christina and I’m coming to Chicago for vacation in September my nephew is autistic and luvs the show Chicago fire we wanna bring him to see the fire house and trucks up close and personal…. Thanks for listening 
 

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An open letter received – Chicago Safety; Re: George Floyd

Dear CFD Engine 94 Team,
 
I first would like to thank you for your important work in being on the frontlines during this COVID-19 Pandemic. 
 
I secondly, want to share with you a thought pertaining to the heartbreak the United States is experiencing in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. 
 
I am a Clinical Psychologist in Chicago and have experience working with both grief and trauma. What is occurring currently in Minnesota and other cities/states with the riots are responses to both, in addition to a traumatic history of racial oppression here in the United States. 
 
Those of us who are heartbroken over George Floyd’s murder, need to have this emotion acknowledged. By nature of how the trauma response works and how overwhelming grief can be, these protests need to be approached in a trauma-sensitive manner. I can go on at length about the nuances of this but I know you have busy lives. Here is a thought on how authorities like yourselves, the fire department, may approach any protests here in our city, in a trauma-sensitive manner:
 
What if yourselves, and any other figures of authority who come in to try and tame riots, wear the mottos of the protestors that are declaring the heartbreak for George and all of the other innocent lives taken wrongfully? 
 
What if you were to put a, “I can’t breathe.” sign on your uniform, your trucks? What if you were to put a “Black Lives Matter” and an “Again?” flag on your equipment? All ways to visually show: “We are with you in this hurt, heartbreak, anger and confusion, but we are here to help you calm down.”
 
This may help protesters feel less threatened. It may help protestors feel less like being tamed and quieted down by the authority, and bring about a more – We are with you, we are just here to redirect to help keep you all safe but know that, WE HEAR AND SEE YOU!” stance. 
 
I again thank you for your service and for considering my thoughts in advance. 
 
Warmly,
Kristen Friedman 
 
Kristen Friedman, PsyD
 
Fancher Psychology & Assessment, LLC
Chicago NorthShore Psychologists, Inc. 

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

A classic column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazine
column by Paul Ditzel in the December 1968 issue of Fire Engineering Magazin

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Of interest … murals in Chicago

Excerpts from the ChicagoSuntimes.com:

Artist Dwight White II has seen a nurse who lives in his apartment building coming and going at late hours. She has no idea she’s the inspiration for a mural he painted on the side of Lulu’s Hot Dogs, 1000 S. Leavitt St., in which she’s dressed like Captain America.

The artwork is part of Murals for Medical Relief, a campaign that’s tapping local artists to paint murals on buildings near the Illinois Medical District on the near west side honoring medical workers, police officers, and first responders  firefighters.  The campaign’s website  has a map showing where each mural is located. The artists are donating their time, and local businesses are donating the wall space.

GoFundMe campaign tied to the project is up and running with donations to be given to Cook County Health, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. Prints of the artwork will also be sold online with half the proceeds going to the artists and half going toward the charity fundraising effort.

A second mural is being painted on the side of Chilango, a Mexican street food restaurant at 1437 W. Taylor St.

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Of interest … overseas visitors

From an overseas visitor:

My dear,
 
 Exactly a year ago I was at your place in Chicago.
 
 I was with my wife and brother.
 
 We gave you a book about firefighters from Warsaw published on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the Warsaw Fire Service.
 
 We have been very kindly received by you.  We’ve got souvenir T-shirts that I proudly wear for special occasions like today’s.  We received commemorative medals from your commander (unfortunately I don’t remember my name).
 
 A young firefighter from Poland showed us everything.  His name was probably David.
 
 I remember that time very nice.  I am very grateful to you.
 
 On the occasion of your holiday, which falls in Poland 4, I wish you first of all health.  All good and may God lead you only along the paths of good. Marek ?ukowski (maxxiorr@gmail.com)
Marek ?ukowski and friends

Marek ?ukowski

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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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