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Post Office to be named in memory of Fallen CFD Captain Herbie Johnson

The Chicago Tribune has an article about the status of a measure to rename a post office in memory of CFD Captain Herbie Johnson:

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has approved the Herbie Johnson Post Office bill, HR 3085. The bill would rename the post office in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community after longtime Chicago Fire Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson. The 54-year-old died two years ago while fighting a house fire on the city’s South Side.

“Captain Johnson heroically served area residents for over 32 years, paying the ultimate price protecting the neighborhoods he loved,” Rep. Lipinski said. “This bill not only honors him, but all first responders who bravely put their lives on the line every day for people they don’t even know. This bill insures that Johnson, his family and the sacrifices of all first responders will not be forgotten by future generations.”
Over the years, Johnson taught over one thousand recruits as an instructor at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. After the terrorist attacks on 9-11, he volunteered with the rescue efforts in New York City. In 2007, he received the state’s highest award for firefighters, the Illinois Medal of Honor, for rescuing several children from a burning apartment.

Congressman Lipinski’s bill would designate the Mount Greenwood Post Office, at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago, the “Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.”

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CFD Media Day, 5-20-14

This from Asher Heimermann:

We all know firefighters risk their lives every day, but have you ever wondered how much goes into their training?

Reporters were put through the paces on how to respond to a variety of life-threatening emergencies on Tuesday, May 20th at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy.
media reporters experience firefighting

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media reporters experience firefighting

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media reporters experience firefighting

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media reporters experience firefighting

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media reporters experience firefighting

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New ambulances for CFD

This from Josh Boyajian:

A sneak peak at some new ambos. From what I’ve heard, they are for  Ambulances 3, 22, 23, 45, 48, 50, and 60.
new ambulances for the Chicago FD

New ambulances for Chicago. Josh Boyajian photo

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CFD firefighters rescue four from south side fire

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a south side fire where four civilians were rescued:

Four people, including a young girl, were rescued from a suspicious fire in a large apartment building in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood [yesterday] afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the building at 7020 S. Jeffery Boulevard about 2:40 p.m. after a woman called 911 to say she was trapped in her apartment by the fire, fire officials said.

A still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1 were called for the building, a high-rise apartment with several stairwells. Firefighters arrived at the building and saw the woman at the window of her second-floor apartment. They couldn’t reach her by going through the hallway because of the strength of the fire in the hallway, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Firefighters from Engine 126 rescued the woman’s young child, who appeared to be about 3 years old, and the woman, using a ladder to get her out of the front of her apartment. Firefighters from Truck 49 also rescued a man and a woman from another apartment, said fire spokeswoman Chief Verdi Allen.

A quick response to the fire kept any of those who were rescued from requiring hospitalization, Langford said. They were checked by paramedics at the scene and declined further medical treatment, Allen said.

The fire was unusually intense for an apartment fire, starting in a hallway near the front door of the woman’s apartment and burning through the apartment door, Langford said. It required firefighters to use two fire hoses to put out, he said. The fire is suspicious, and the fire department’s Office of Fire Investigation and police Bomb and Arson detectives will be investigating, Langford said.

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Chicago FD paramedic attacked by patient

The Chicago Tribune has an article about another physical attack on a paramedic:

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was ready to treat a patient Friday but ended up needing medical care himself after the man lashed out violently, police said. The medic had loaded Reyfius C. Purches, 46, into a CFD ambulance on the North Side just after 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

But Purches “became agitated,” court documents said, and punched the 42-year-old paramedic with a closed fist to his face in the 4500 block of North Broadway in Uptown. Prosecutors said Purches struck the medic several times.

Instead of the medic taking Purches to an emergency room, crews took the paramedic to Weiss Memorial Hospital for bruising and swelling. Purches got a ride to jail and was charged with a felony count of aggravated battery.

A resident of the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue in Uptown, Purches appeared in bond court Saturday before Judge Laura Marie Sullivan. She ordered Purches held on $60,000 bail. He’ll return to court Friday.

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Grenade forces evacuation of Chicago firehouse

CBSChicago has a brief article about Chicago Engine 22’s house being evacuated Sunday.

A Lincoln Park fire house was evacuated briefly Sunday night after a woman turned in a grenade, prompting a visit by the police bomb and arson squad. The woman arrived at … Engine 22’s house, 605 W. Armitage, around 7 p.m. and told firefighters she found the device at a family member’s home, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said.

The building was cleared for about a half-hour as the police department’s Bomb and Arson Squad inspected the grenade, which was determined to be safe; it was removed. It wasn’t immediately known if the grenade was a replica or training device, the department spokesman said. Chicago police could only say the device was “inert.”

If someone finds an explosive device, they should call 9-1-1, rather than move it to a fire station, the fire department spokesman said.

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City firefighters and paramedics get suspension has an article about Chicago firefighters and paramedics being suspended as a result of a 2009 investigation.

The Chicago Fire Department has suspended 16 more firefighters and paramedics for falsifying claims for mileage reimbursement; a 17th firefighter has already retired. In 2009, the firefighters together collected more than $35,000 in reimbursements for miles they never actually drove; they’ll be suspended for between 30 and 45 days. The city’s inspector general has recommended they be fired, but it’s unlikely they’ll lose their jobs.

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Working fire in Chicago 4-13-14

This from Josh Boyajian:

A working fire this afternoon in the 1600 blk of Karlov. E95 arrived and had smoke showing from the 3rd floor. Engines 95 and 109 had lines lead out, Truck 26 had the main to the roof, and Truck 48 threw their banger ladder on the (B) sector.  Fire was quickly knocked. Here are some of my shots.

fire scene with aerial to the roof

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firemen make entry with heavy smoke overhead

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firemen make entry with heavy smoke overhead

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firemen raise the banger ladder

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Chicago FD Engine 109

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2014 Illinois Firefighter Medal of Honor Ceremony award recipients

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

The 21st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Springfield, IL. The following are Chicago Fire Department Local 2 members who will be receiving awards at this year’s ceremony.

Certificate of Recognition Award

            Firefighter/EMT Edtismond Johnson, T40

           Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph White, III, E38


Firefighter Excellence Award

            Firefighter/EMT Sean Butler, E56

            Firefighter/EMT Jason Flores, T13

            Fire Paramedic Edward Gilbridge, A21

            Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Licato, E93

            Engineer/EMT John Meade, E101

            Firefighter Robert Murphy, T15


Medal of Valor Award

            Firefighter/EMT Joseph Atkins, Sqd 5

            Firefighter/EMT Cedric Collins, ASR

            Firefighter/EMT Michael Diete, T11

            Lieutenant/EMT Ronald Ellingsen, T12

            Captain/EMT Alfred Kiefer, Headquarters 

            Firefighter/EMT Kevin Martin, T15

            Firefighter John McClorey, ASR

            Firefighter John Veller, E38


Medal of Honor Award

            Lieutenant/EMT John Majka, E93

            Firefighter Michael Kappel, T56

            Captain/EMT Mauricio Rodriguez, E116

            Firefighter/EMT James Wagner, ASR

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here is a shot of Truck Co. 11 and Battalion 21. Thought id pass them along.
Truck 11’s shop number is FD-E347
Battalion 21’s new shop number is FD-B572
Spartan aerial ladder for the Chicago FD

Chicago Truck 11. Josh Boyajian photo

fire department Ford Explorer

2014 Ford Explorer for Battalion 21. Josh Boyajian photo

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