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Off-duty Chicago firefighter killed in crash

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

When Timothy John O’Leary was about 18, he was a passenger in a car that crashed in Lake Geneva, Wis. He was so impressed by the way firefighters worked on his broken leg, he decided to become one, and eventually joined the Chicago Fire Department. Years later and about 25 miles away from Lake Geneva, it was another crash that claimed his life.

“He was my best friend and my love. We had made future plans together. He was going to retire in a year, but now it’s over,” his wife, Laura Bundy-O’Leary, said by telephone Friday afternoon.

O’Leary, 54, was driving a Toyota SUV south on Interstate 43 near Wisconsin Route 140 around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday when he hit the back of a semi-truck near an overpass for Route 140, police said. Firefighters found the SUV wedged under the back of the truck. “It had impacted quite violently into the back of the trailer.” The rear window was blown out so a paramedic jumped through it to help O’Leary as crews cut open the driver’s side door and pulled him from the van.

“As soon as we got him out of the vehicle, he was on a backboard, on a stretcher and in an ambulance in less than a minute,” London said. He was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to Barry Irmen, a spokesman for the Rock County medical examiner’s office.

O’Leary and his wife had spent the day installing shelving in a home they own in Wisconsin. He jumped in his SUV to make a quick run to a storage locker, saying he’d be home in time for dinner. But when he didn’t come back right away, Bundy-O’Leary assumed he’d probably gone back to their Chicago home, where new windows were due to be installed the next morning.

When it got later and later and he wasn’t returning calls or texts, she went looking for him at 2 a.m. Bundy-O’Leary tried to retrace his steps and then had an eerie premonition.

“I called hospitals, I called police, I even called jails,” Bundy-O’Leary said. “I tried to follow his steps. And then I said ‘I think he’s dead.'” Soon after that, her stepson called to confirm her worst fears: Wisconsin state police officers had arrived at his home on the Northwest Side home with the bad news.

O’Leary, who had five siblings and grew up on the Northwest Side, came from an Irish family, his wife said. He has three children and two stepchildren, who are hers. His son John followed in his footsteps in a two-year paramedic program at Loyola University Medical Center and hopes to become a firefighter someday. For now, he is in the police academy, Bundy-O’Leary said.

“For 32 years he served Chicago. He even had babies named after him after he delivered them or found them in garbage cans,” Bundy-O’Leary said.  “He was so well-loved. He would give you the shirt off your back and the skin if you needed it,” Bundy-O’Leary said. “He made me laugh, and he had beautiful eyes.”

O’Leary was with the Chicago Fire Department for nearly 30 years and most recently worked with Engine 125’s Capt. Sam Kamberis, who remembered O’Leary as a “very dedicated firefighter.”

Visitation for O’Leary is slated for 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., according to the Chicago Fire Department. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Eugene Parish, 7958 W. Foster Ave.

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From CFD Media:

ADVISORY All extra alarm fires and major incidents will be announced on the old VHF system on 154.22 KSC711 Administrative per Langford.

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4-Alarm fire with 2 specials in Northlake, 2-15-14 (part 4)

Images from Larry Shapiro from the 4-Alarm fire in Northlake, 2-15-14. He was on-hand when the Foam Task Force from O’Hare arrived and was deployed to apply a foam coating to the contents of the building. There will be a video coming too.

Seagrave aerial at big fire

Franklin Park Truck 2 working in front of the building on Mannheim Road. Larry Shapiro photo

Oshkosjh Striker ARFF at building fire

6-5-3 covered the interior of the demolished building with a foam coating. Larry Shapiro photo

Oshkosjh Striker ARFF at building fire

6-5-3 discharging foam into the building. Lary Shapiro photo

heavy wrecker working at fire scene

The towing company pulls the truck away from the building. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago ARFF at fire scene in the snow

Chicago 6-5-3 from O’Hare Airport came as part of the foam task force. Larry Shapiro photo

Century wrecker at night in the snow

Heavy wrecker brought in to remove a box truck. Larry Shapiro photo

canteen service aids firefighters at fire scene

MESS Canteen’s new unit working it’s second fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

ireman controls an elevated master stream

A Franklin Park firefighter controls the ladder pipe. Larry Shapiro photo

fireman with a hose line at a fire scene

Leyden Township firefighters on a hand line. Larry Shapiro photo

fire ball erupts from tire warehouse

The B-C corner well into the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

fire engine at night

River Grove engine (X-Schaumburg). Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire singe at night fire scene

Park Ridge Engine 35 was one of four engines pumping inline to supply the Schiller Park tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with many more images can be viewed HERE.

Part 3 in this series is HERE.

Other images are at fire scenes.net

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Chicago firefighter’s contract in the news

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article (one of many to come in the coming weeks) discussing the nuances of the CFD union contract which is expiring at the end of June. This article goes into increases in the base salary of many firefighters and chief officers. Excerpts include:

The city of Chicago is paying fire department employees more than $80 million a year for perks that boosted their salaries by an average of more than $15,000 apiece last year, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis finds.

The salary-boosting extras aren’t reflected in the online database of city workers’ pay that Mayor Rahm Emanuel created in what he described as an effort to provide greater transparency for taxpayers about how City Hall operates.

According to the Emanuel administration’s “data portal,” fire department employees made an average of about $87,000 last year. But when you take into account the extras, that boosted the average salary for the department to about $104,000 a year, according to a Sun-Times analysis of city budget data.

Most of the 5,000 members of the department are paid far more than their posted salaries thanks to a long list of provisions negotiated by their union.

That wide, hidden gap between firefighters’ reported salaries and their actual take-home pay is heightening tensions as the firefighters’ union tries to negotiate a new contract with City Hall.

The Sun-Times reported earlier this month that, with the current five-year contract set to expire at the end of June, the Emanuel administration is targeting the perks. Union leaders vowed to fight to hold onto the gains they won under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

The Chicago Fire Department’s personnel costs totaled nearly $511 million last year, up from $480.2 million in 2010, according to the analysis of all payments the city made to department employees. About $430 million of the 2011 tab was for the regular salaries the Emanuel administration posts online. The rest went toward extras including double-time pay for holidays including Flag Day and “specialty pay” to those who have undergone additional training.

One of the biggest and fastest-growing categories of the additional pay was the 5 percent bonus given to firefighters who are certified divers. The same bonus goes to “Tech A” workers, who have been trained in handling hazardous materials.

Those pay-boosters weren’t part of the previous firefighters’ contract, which expired in 2007. After they were added, firefighters rushed to get them.

By the beginning of this year, nearly 4,000 employees — 80 percent of the department’s personnel — had undergone hazardous-materials training and were getting the 5 percent pay boost — twice as many as had the training in 2008.

The number of certified divers in the department also mushroomed under the current contract — to 367, up from 142 five years ago.

As a result, the cost for speciality pay rocketed from $6.4 million in 2008 to more than $18.3 million last year, city documents show.

Many high-ranking fire department employees also have boosted their salaries. For instance, Dan Fabrizio, a battalion chief who also is political director of the firefighters’ union, made $129,349 in regular pay. But Fabrizio’s actual wages came to more than $154,000, ranking him among the 100 best-paid Chicago fire officials last year.

The only extra that was more costly than specialty pay was “holiday premium” pay: Any fire department employee who works on any of 13 holidays — including Flag Day, June 14 — gets double their regular rate. Holiday premium pay cost the city more than $19.2 million in 2011.

An additional $15 million was paid to fire employees last year for “duty availability” pay — which everybody gets just for being in the department. This benefit sends every firefighter an extra $805 check every three months.

The Emanuel administration is proposing to do away with duty availability pay and to limit specialty pay to “those working in that capacity on a given shift,” according to a letter that Chicago Firefighters Local 2 President Tom Ryan sent his members on May 25. Ryan promised to “continue to vigorously fight these insulting, ridiculous proposals.”

The entire article can be found HERE.

Also part of the article is a list of the top 100 fire department salaries.
Total pay rank Name Job description Base salary Extras Total pay
1 Hoff, Robert Fire Commissioner $198,459.00 ($8,204.66) $190,254.34
2 Durkin, John Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $71,725.93 $184,597.93
3 Wojtecki, Kenneth Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $34,293.19 $179,636.19
4 Alvarez, Robin Ambulance Commander $108,883.50 $70,580.67 $179,464.17
5 Chikerotis, Steve Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $32,339.01 $177,682.01
6 Stewart Iii, Charles First Deputy Fire Commissioner $184,350.00 ($8,236.08) $176,113.92
7 Mc Kee, Robert Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $29,427.07 $174,770.07
8 Mungovan, James Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $29,142.40 $174,485.40
9 Shehan, John Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $29,142.40 $174,485.40
10 Powell, Curtis Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $27,188.24 $172,531.24
11 Roszkowski, Paul Ambulance Commander $110,936.50 $61,015.83 $171,952.33
12 Howard, Larry Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $25,945.74 $171,288.74
13 Alexander, James Ambulance Commander $106,290.00 $64,449.60 $170,739.60
14 Elmore, Clinton Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $57,186.13 $170,058.13
15 Brennan, Patrick Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $24,133.94 $169,476.94
16 Callahan, Michael Deputy Fire Commissioner $174,975.00 ($7,055.85) $167,919.15
17 Falls, Richard Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $54,460.68 $167,332.68
18 Vasquez, Anthony Deputy Fire Commissioner $174,975.00 ($7,740.68) $167,234.32
19 Petersen, Jack Deputy District Chief $133,056.50 $32,939.37 $165,995.87
20 Fox, Michael Asst Deputy Fire Commissioner $172,803.00 ($6,950.12) $165,852.88
21 Mc Nicholas, John Asst Deputy Fire Commissioner $172,803.00 ($7,007.08) $165,795.92
22 Flaherty, Patrick Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $33,787.32 $163,136.32
23 Edgeworth, Richard Deputy Commissioner $172,803.00 ($9,689.12) $163,113.88
24 Sweeney, Thomas Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $33,112.12 $162,461.12
25 Von Bergen, Thomas Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $32,757.35 $162,106.35
26 Lyons, Christophe Battalion Chief – EMT $126,084.75 $35,956.33 $162,041.08
27 Little, Stephen Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $32,390.34 $161,739.34
28 Santucci, Joseph Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $32,283.70 $161,632.70
29 Knapp, Jerry Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $16,233.23 $161,576.23
30 Leahy, Thomas Captain – EMT $118,345.00 $42,959.41 $161,304.41
31 Sanchez, Jesse Deputy District Chief $145,343.00 $15,928.84 $161,271.84
32 Gubricky, Michael Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $31,619.97 $160,968.97
33 Finneke, Gary Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $31,597.33 $160,946.33
34 Crooker, Mitchell Battalion Chief-Paramedic $132,537.00 $28,399.26 $160,936.26
35 Doggett, David Chief Helicopter Pilot/EMT $125,610.00 $34,890.79 $160,500.79
36 Lopez, Roberto Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $47,511.67 $160,383.67
37 Mc Millin, Stephen Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,950.90 $160,299.90
38 Cooper, Richard Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,795.75 $160,144.75
39 Barrett, Michael Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,711.40 $160,060.40
40 Annis, Curt Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,633.39 $159,982.39
41 Collins, John Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,573.49 $159,922.49
42 Kane, Margaret Battalion Chief-Paramedic $128,696.00 $31,044.38 $159,740.38
43 Bleicher, Lewis Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,067.42 $159,416.42
44 Mc Andrew, Guy Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $30,035.05 $159,384.05
45 Jones, Rosalind Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $33,741.33 $159,351.33
46 Bresnahan, Raymond Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,841.68 $159,190.68
47 Arnswald, Thomas Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,741.17 $159,090.17
48 Dory, Richard Battalion Chief-Paramedic $130,630.86 $28,261.64 $158,892.50
49 Gloude, Joseph Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,517.43 $158,866.43
50 Benson, Mark Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,323.46 $158,672.46
51 Kelly, James Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,145.45 $158,494.45
52 Basile, Lee Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,130.44 $158,479.44
53 O Driscoll, Sean Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $29,077.10 $158,426.10
54 Gibbons, Timothy Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $28,963.41 $158,312.41
55 Oliver, Michael Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $28,703.57 $158,052.57
56 Carroll, Joseph Battalion Chief – EMT $118,398.50 $39,625.67 $158,024.17
57 Timothy, Michael Battalion Chief $123,371.00 $34,543.07 $157,914.07
58 Sullivan, Michael Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $32,272.68 $157,882.68
59 Cunningham, Daniel Battalion Chief – EMT $127,192.50 $30,632.16 $157,824.66
60 Strocchia, John Fire Engineer $90,957.00 $66,705.45 $157,662.45
61 Ford Ii, Richard Deputy Fire Commissioner $157,622.00 ($4.32) $157,617.68
62 Conroy, Michael Battalion Chief-Paramedic $130,321.00 $27,222.68 $157,543.68
63 Townsend, Mark Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $31,901.33 $157,511.33
64 Mc Shane, Scott Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $28,113.36 $157,462.36
65 Del Dotto, Larry Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $44,577.76 $157,449.76
66 Mc Cann, James Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $28,029.47 $157,378.47
67 Hanson, Steve Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $27,285.50 $156,634.50
68 Biondo, Peter Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $27,285.50 $156,634.50
69 Lynch, John Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $27,075.41 $156,424.41
70 Flynn, Sean Commander $114,856.75 $41,478.59 $156,335.34
71 Leon, Gabriel Ambulance Commander $112,872.00 $43,029.11 $155,901.11
72 Burke, Sean Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $26,407.32 $155,756.32
73 Kurcab, Gregory Battalion Chief – EMT $127,192.50 $28,492.52 $155,685.02
74 Koffski, Richard Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $26,331.89 $155,680.89
75 Stauffer, Paul Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $30,060.11 $155,670.11
76 Niego, Charles Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $30,028.52 $155,638.52
77 Doherty, Edward Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $30,027.84 $155,637.84
78 Gniot, Thomas Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $26,137.91 $155,486.91
79 Gurrola, George Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,858.92 $155,207.92
80 Stuecklen, Jeff Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $29,448.37 $155,058.37
81 Paramore, John Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,673.69 $155,022.69
82 Milton, Thomas Battalion Chief – EMT $127,192.50 $27,808.19 $155,000.69
83 Jablonowski, James Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,603.57 $154,952.57
84 O Donnell, James Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,598.80 $154,947.80
85 Witt, Keith Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,596.57 $154,945.57
86 Timothy, Lori Ambulance Commander $103,119.00 $51,791.42 $154,910.42
87 Hunter, Derrick Battalion Chief $123,371.00 $31,509.86 $154,880.86
88 Leonard, John Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,518.55 $154,867.55
89 Ryan, Kevin Battalion Chief – EMT $126,084.75 $28,772.78 $154,857.53
90 Cleary, Patrick Battalion Chief – EMT $125,610.00 $29,134.01 $154,744.01
91 Dietz, David Battalion Chief – EMT $126,084.75 $28,658.17 $154,742.92
92 Rinaldi, Julie Ambulance Commander $109,519.00 $45,210.79 $154,729.79
93 O Donnell, James Battalion Chief $123,371.00 $31,348.25 $154,719.25
94 Ryan, Edward Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,360.86 $154,709.86
95 Altman, Michael Battalion Chief $119,804.00 $34,771.44 $154,575.44
96 Lobianco, Michael Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $25,221.98 $154,570.98
97 Konop, Randall Battalion Chief – EMT $118,398.50 $36,136.47 $154,534.97
98 Strong, Eric Battalion Chief-Paramedic $121,325.00 $33,145.97 $154,470.97
99 Fabrizio, Dan Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $24,843.94 $154,192.94
100 Doyle, Kevin Battalion Chief – EMT $129,349.00 $24,791.54 $154,140.54
Source: City of Chicago
Note: Some management-level personnel had money deducted from base pay because of unpaid furlough days. Deductions are shown in parentheses.

 

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