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CFD company patches added

Thanks to Josh Boyajian for submitting several CFD company patches that were missing from the site.

Here are 4 new CFD patches I have collected in the past month that are missing from the site! Also here is a picture of my Chicago patch collection that I have. Hope you like! Thanks,
Josh

The following patches have been added:

 

Chicago Fire Department company patch collection

Josh Boyajian’s collection of Chicago Fire Department company patches.

Chicago Fire Department Engine 89 company patch

one of the new company patches added to the site

 

 

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Chicago Engine 77 – some final history (part 5)

… and after being torn down

  • E77 on September 9, 2012. Demo complete, views from both north and south. Notice condition of the house to the south at 1226 S. Komensky. House has been rehabbed and is currently occupied. Almost 90 year old firehouse to the north is gone.
  • E77 is one of the last of it’s kind. The last single engine house was built in the early 50′s (E113- the ‘next company over” from 77). There are only a handful of single company firehouses in Chicago anymore, let alone single company houses with the history of actvity E77 saw during it’s heyday. For awhile, it had a reputation as a punishment house, on the outskirts of the city, where department brass “bansihed” firemen it disliked. But with many firehouses like it, Engine 77 consistently turned out experienced, seasoned firefighters that were promoted out of the house to pass on the lessons they learned.
  • E77 on 10/24/07
demolition of Chicago Fire Department Engine 77's house

Dan McInerney photo

demolition of Chicago Fire Department Engine 77's house

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Fire Department abandoned firehouse

Dan McInerney photo

Journal 1 shows the company journal entry when me grandfather retired (mandatory after 35 years apparently).

Chicago Fire Department Engine 77 journal

Dan McInerney photo

The other journal entry shows the company member information page. Notice there are only 2 company officers and engineers. This was back in the days of the two-platoon system. The info pages also list the dates of birth, entry into CFD and the date the member was assigned to the company.
Chicago Fire Department Engine 77 journal

Dan McInerney photo

In this case, my grandfather John J. McInerney was transferred to E77 as an Engineer on March 16, 1935. He started out as a fireman at E103 when they were on Harrison Street in 1917. In the center of the picture it lists his date of birth as 8/15/1889. Next to the on the right, his “Former Occ” on the top right of the page it lists his former occupation as a Locomotive Fireman. Next to that, it lists his native country as “US”, followed by his badge number. The following page goes on to list his date of entry into the CFD (7/22/17), address and phone number. In his case, he lived at 1509 N. Luna, and his telephone number was Merrimac7-2510. This information about members was kept in company journals for many, many years.

My father, Donald McInerney, as a young boy used to visit his father at the firehouse. He used to call his dad “ball driver”. Shortly after John J. was promoted to Engineer, E77 had an Ahrens-Fox pumper assigned to it, and it had the distinctive chrome shpere on the front, hence the name “ball driver”.

 

Family lore has it that my grandfather met his future wife one day at E103′s firehouse. She saw him going down the street on an alarm, and came by the firehuose afterwards to complain that she didn’t like the way he was treating the horses.

 

E77′s last company patch. I’ll leave it to the viewers to report how they got the phrase “I Like It Here”

 

Chicago Fire Department Engine 77's company patch

Dan McInerney collection

I posted many more pics on my facebook page “facebook.com/dmcinerney1″. If blog viewers wish, they can go there and view pics from E77′s last day in service as well as other fire pics I have uploaded to my facebook page.

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Chicago Engine 77 – some partial history (part 4)

More from Dan McInerney about Engine 77′s house on the day it was closed. Descriptions for these images:

  • several shots of the bunk room
  • the officer’s room
  • the locker room
  • their last company patch
Chicago Engine 77's last day before being disbanded

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 77's last day before being disbanded

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 77's last day before being disbanded

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 77's last day before being disbanded

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 77's last day before being disbanded

Dan McInerney photo

Chicago Engine 77's last company patch

Dan McInerney photo

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The last group of patches from the collection of Alexander Alexandrovski for the 6th District are for companies in the 22nd Battalion.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 62Engine Company 62, Truck Company 27, Battalion 22

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 93Engine Company 93, Ambulance 60

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 115Engine Company 115

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The first of two groups of patches added in the 6th District begins with a district-wide patch representing all of the battalions. There are also a couple of patches for companies in the 21st and 23rd Battalions.

Chicago Fire Department 6th District patch6th District

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 126Engine Company 126, Truck Company 49, Ambulance 50

Chicago Fire Department Truck 40 patchTruck Company 40

Chicago Fire Department patchEngine Company 72, Tower Ladder 34, Ambulance 22

These patches are from the collection of Alexander Alexandrovski.

 

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

A couple of patches were added to companies in the 1st District. A patch for Engine 30 that matches the rig decal has now been added and another version of the HIT patch is on the page with Engine 22 and 5-1-1. These are also from Alexander Alexandrovski.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 30Engine Company 30

Chicago Fire Department haz mat patchEngine Company 22, 5-1-1

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The last batch of patches from the collection of Alexander Alexandrovski for the 5th District are for companies in the 19th and 20th Battalions. Engine 116′s house has several patches between the engine and Squad 5, so there is a separate page to display them.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 50Engine Company 50

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 116Engine Company 116

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 123Engine Company 123

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 129Engine Company 129, Truck Company 50, Ambulance 30

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The first batch of company patches being added to the 5th District from Alexander Alexandrovski’s collection are in the 18th Battalion.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 47Engine Company 47

Chicago Fire Department patch Truck 20Truck Company 20

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 122Engine Company 122, Ambulance 24, Command Van 2-7-4

 

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

The last batch of patches added to the 1st District are in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Battalions. In some cases, more than one was added to a particular house, although they’re not all shown here. For example, following the link to Engine 22 will show patches added for 5-1-1 as well. The same goes for Truck 7 where a patch was also added for Engine 26. These patches were submitted from the collection of Alexander Alexandrovski.

Chicago Fire Department patch Engine 19Engine Company 19, Truck Company 11, Ambulance 4

Chicago Fire Department Engine 4 patchEngine Company 4, Tower 10

Chicago Fire Department Engine 22Engine Company 22

Chicago Fire Department Engine 30 patchEngine Company 30

Chicago Fire Department Truck 7 patchTruck Company 7

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Chicago Fire Department patch update

More than ten patches were added to the 1st District. The five shown here represent companies in the 1st and 2nd Battalions. A few of these houses have others that have been added as well. In addition to the 6-8-7 patch, Engine 13 has a patch in the same house. There are three variations of the patch for Engine 16, and another version of the patch for Squad 1. All images were submitted by Alexander Alexandrovski.

Chicago Fire Department patch Scuba teamScuba Team 6-8-7

Chicago Fire Department Squad 1 patchSquad 1

Chicago Fire Department Engine 98 patchEngine Company 98

Chicago Fire Department Chinatown patchEngine Company 8, Truck Company 4, Ambulance 85, Battalion 2

Chicago Fire Department Engine 16 patchEngine Company 16

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