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Chicago FD LODD Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 12-14-15 (more)

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A year to the day after Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano died, the warehouse where he suffered a fatal fall during a smoky fire is being demolished.

The razing of the property at 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. is scheduled to begin Wednesday with the deconstruction of the building’s roof, Chicago Department of Buildings spokeswoman Mimi Simon said. The move comes following a year of hearings regarding the Southeast Side property, including several held in the weeks after Capuano’s death.

The city moved to have the warehouse knocked down because of an array of code and building violations, including an open elevator shaft where Capuano, 43, fell during the Dec. 14, 2015, fire.

Demolition of the brick warehouse was delayed, Simon said, because of “design and structural challenges” related to the building’s location near railroad tracks and because it shares a wall with another building. Railroad tracks used by Metra Electric trains are located immediately to the east. The 93rd Street station is next door.

The Chicago Fire Department held a memorial bell-ringing ceremony Wednesday morning at Capuano’s firehouse, Engine Co. 72 on South Chicago Avenue, deputy district Chief Jeff Lyle said. Capuano was a part of Tower Ladder 34. The memorial was held during morning roll call. Bernard Farmer, a battalion chief who died Dec. 14, 1954, in a building collapse at 224 W. Illinois St. also was honored.

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Orland Fire District donates engine to fire school (more)

This video contains highlights from the dedication ceremony in which the Orland Fire Protection District donated a fire truck to Moraine Valley Community College in honor of Daniel Capuano who died after battling a warehouse fire on the far south side on Dec. 14, 2015.

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Orland Fire District donates engine to fire school

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A fire engine taken out of service by the Orland Fire Protection District has been donated to the Moraine Valley Community College in memory of Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano, who died in December.

“He’s going to be their guardian angel as they train,” Orland Fire Protection District Chief Michael Schofield said at a ceremony at the Palos Hills school on Wednesday.

Capuano, a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department took several courses at Moraine over the years, his daughter Amanda said. With the donation of the engine students, “will remember what a hero he was for years to come,” she told a crowd that included area firefighters and school officials.

She and her mother, Julie, Capuano’s parents Mike and Jacqui, brother Patrick and his children, daughter Delilah and son Bodhi, stood by the truck as a firefighter color guard walked past them at the end of the ceremony.

Capuano also worked for more than 16 years as a part-time firefighter in Evergreen Park, and “a lot of our guys in Orland worked with Dan in Evergreen Park,” Schofield said.

Andrew Hufnagl, coordinator of fire science and emergency medical services at Moraine, said the school and the Orland district have a long standing working relationship, and that six current or former firefighters and officers with the district are instructors at Moraine. He told Capuano’s family, “We promise you we will use his name and try to make him proud every day.”

Orland had been using the engine since 1999, and it was formally retired about nine months ago, when the district got a new piece of engine. Noting that district residents attend Moraine, Schofield said the donation made perfect sense.

“If we can keep the taxpayers’ money in the area and help Moraine Valley, it helps everybody,” he said.

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