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As seen around … O’Hare Airport

This from Dan McInerney:

Chicago Fire Department Squad 7 and 7A
 
KLM (B744, PH-BFV, AMS-ORD) 10/25/18
KLM 747 landing at O'Hare Airport with Chicago FD Squad 7 and Squad 7A

Dan McInerney photo

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Of interest … the next generation

This from M. Montgomery:

Friday downtown and Thursday night at school!

Future Firefighter

Future Firefighter

Future Firefighter

Future Firefighter

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As seen around … Crestwood

From a reader:

Seen in Crestwood Tuesday, no idea where it came from.

fire engine in driveway 

 

fire engine in driveway

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2018 Chicago Air and Water show

This from Steve Redick:

I attended the practice day for the Chicago Air and Water show. More photos:
US Coast Guard helicopter

Steve Redick photo

US Coast Guard helicopter

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Police Department boat

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department helicopter

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department fire boat

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department helicopter

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department helicopter and fire boat

Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department helicopter and fire boat

Steve Redick photo

 

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21st Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show (more)

This from Asher Heimermann:

My video of the 2018 parade – 

The Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Parade traveled down the streets of Aurora, Illinois on Friday, August 3, 2018. Video by Asher Heimermann/Incident Response.

 

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A request for assistance …

Hello:

I am writing this letter to find out whether anyone from your fire department was there after 9/11/2001 disaster.

I arrived at the trade center on 9/14/2001 and I worked with the Chicago Fire Department. I believe we were by the Verizon building; to the left of the Command Center. I showed up with two spackle buckets filled with fishing spikes I believe it was your captain who examined the spikes and said “What the hell are those”? I replied, I fish on steel pipes and I don’t slip.

His response was, “Can I walk up the side of F’n building with them”?.
I told him, “That probably would be a bad idea”. “He chuckled a little bit and said, “Strap me up”. So, I did. He went on one of his many rescue trips and when he returned he said, “Where the hell have you been”? Strap up my whole team up. That’s how it started.

I don’t remember how many days and nights you guys were there before I arrived. You guys appeared exhausted as hell, but you all just kept going and going. You men were like machines. I could not believe how hard you all were working. My role in this was very small. I would tighten the boots up after each of your rescue missions as there were many.

After you men returned from one of these missions we were all sitting under a concrete overhand. I asked, “What more can I do”?
One of your men said, “Look at the bac-ho on the street dumping debris”.
You replied, “Listen up when you go down to where the FBI is going to ask you to look for certain papers”. You replied, “F them”.
You need to look for any kind of red hose or Brass, we need to track our boys.

I am pretty sure you guys were not too fond of the FBI. When I got to the street, the FBI asked me, “If I was a fireman”. I replied, no.
I’m just a civilian helping out. They threw me down to the ground, face first and told me, “This is a restricted area”. They put me in hand cuffs. I had two FBI guys one on my left and one on the right.

By the time I got to my feet I turned around and all you guys came charging down
the two FBI guys on my right and left had their faces in the mud like really quick. They had no idea what hit them. You said this to the FBI un cuff him he is with us.

The FBI and police stood on one side of the street Firemen on the other side. We never talked much at all so many people died. I’m sorry for all your brothers’ you guys lost. I can’t explain the feeling I felt when you guys stood up for me. Thank You I believe you guys left on Saturday 9/15 I worked with some other carpenters building some ramps and doing whatever I could to help after you guys left

I was by the exit and they were letting us go in groups. They were prepping us on how the media is going to be all over us. I stayed and spoke to the guy in charge.
Allot of People died here, the little work I did in comparison to you guys was nothing. There is no way in hell I want see the media never mind speak to them. So, he took me out a back way.

Now for the hard part. To ask for anything on a day when so many people died. I really feel like shit. I have been battling cancer for the last year. I had three major operations. I have not worked in over a year I just finished my chemo treatments. I owe quite a bit of money for medical bills. Pretty soon I get a cat scan to see if the chemo worked. I have no feeling in my hands or feet. I have two beautiful girls
That I support

I am a carpenter by trade I have trouble buttoning my shirt never mind picking up a nail. The doctors told me the nerves in my hand and feet may grow back and may not. I heard a add on the radio and realized I may qualify. I called and spoke to an attorney they told me I qualify for the world trade center Victim Compensation Fund. They told me if can prove I was there on 9/14 for four hours You guys are the only ones that can do this. The story above may not be perfect, my memory sucks but I tried to include enough information, so you would remember who I was. You may even have some of the spiked shoes in your basement. I know I was with you guys on the 9/14 for allot more than 4 hours. I just need a letter.

I have no idea where you guys are I am sending this out randomly if this is not the correct Fire department. Please let me know!! if you could kindly pass this on to any of your Brothers from the Chicago Fire Department that where at the trade center on 9/14 I would truly appreciate that

Thank You

Robert Duphiney
100 Seward ST apt B-12
Rockaway NJ 07866
973-727-4875
robertduphiney@gmail.com

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2-Alarm fire in Wadsworth, 7-17-18 (more)

Excerpts from the telegraph.com:

An estimated $3 million in fire and water damage following a fire at a pyramid home may force the owners to knock the tourist attraction down. If the Gold Pyramid House’s owners decide to demolish, they will replace the structure in Wadsworth with a bigger and better pyramid.

The owners have determined the water damage from firefighting efforts Tuesday was too extensive, but that the fire damage is limited to a couple of rooms.

The Gold Pyramid House was built in 1977 as a private residence but was later opened for public tours. A 55-foot-tall (17-meter-tall) statue of Ramses II stands outside.

The six-story structure has a moat and contains a replica of King Tut’s tomb.

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Of interest … Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

From the National Fallen Fighters Foundation – for NASCAR fans who might be traveling to Dover, DE

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Of interest … CFD FF/EMT Juan Bucio

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Joshua and Jacob Bucio, sons of Chicago Fire Department Diver Juan Bucio delivered the game ball at the White Sox game Friday night.

Bucio died in late May while trying to rescue a missing boater who had gone overboard on the South Branch of the Chicago River. 

He is survived by his sons Joshua, 10, and Jacob, 7. The Chicago White Sox invited them onto the field Friday night before their game against the Oakland Athletics.

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Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet (more)

a few more images from the Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet

fire department bell ringing ceremony

Steve Redick photo

fire department bagpiper

Steve Redick photo

Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet

Steve Redick photo

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