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Chicago Heights Fire Department news

Last week, Ron Lucarini, paid-on-call fire chief retired after 40 years of service to the community. Almost a hundred Chicago Heights paid, POC, and past firefighters stopped by to wish Ronnie well.

Mementos from his career filled two tables in the firehouse. There were many photos from newspapers of Ronnie fighting fires, toy fire engines and awards. One of the most treasured is a thank you letter from President Ronald Reagan. The President thanked Ronnie for his service while visiting Chicago Heights on June 28, 1985.

“I walked into the fire house to see if I liked it, I stayed for 40 years,” Ron said. “I have a lot of great stories … One of the good memories was an outcome of a fire on 14th street. A lady named Frankie lost her husband in a house fire. She had her life savings in a paper bag. The roof caved in and every thing was impassable. Chief Puinti and I went inside. I kicked some wood away that was blocking the flow of water. As the water was leaving the second floor, here comes a paper bag with her life savings. We gave it to her and she hugged us both so tight and couldn’t thank us enough.”

“There was a house fire right down the street from # 1 station” recalls Ronnie. “I was the first one at the house. Myself and a police officer tried to go in the back door, I got down to crawl into the kitchen but the heat and smoke were to intense. After the fire was out, I went back into the kitchen and I was about two feet away from one child. I felt really bad. I kept thinking if only I could have held my breath for a few more seconds maybe I could have gotten him out. He and his two other brothers died.”

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New ambulance for Chicago Heights

From the Fire Service Inc. Facebook page:

Thanks to Chief Jeffery Springer and the Chicago Heights Fire Department on the new order of a 2018 Wheeled Coach F-450 ambulance. This is Chicago Heights’ third Wheeled Coach and is another excellent addition to their busy EMS fleet. The new unit comes equipped with Whelen LED emergency and interior dome lighting, Liquid Spring Suspension System, custom interior cabinet configuration, LED compartment strip lighting, power cab and module door locks, OptiCom emitter, Federal EQ2B siren, Vanner inverter, custom SCBA/gear compartment and extended conversion warranties. We congratulate the CHFD and appreciate their continued business with Fire Service Inc. and Wheeled Coach. Delivery in approx 90 days. We will post additional pics once the unit arrives. 

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Working fire in Chicago Heights , 5-24-17

This from Brad Steinweg:

Pictures from Chicago Heights’ house fire on 15th & Lowe on Wednesday. Pretty well knocked when I got there, in overhaul and hitting hot spots. Also pictured is Flossmoor’s former ambulance 1370 which now belongs to Chicago Heights as ambulance 681. While fighting the house fire, they also responded down the street for a vehicle smoking heavily.

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Chicago Heights FD ambulance formerly a Flossmoor FD ambulance

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Chicago Heights FD Truck 672 formerly from the Tinley Park FD

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HME Ahrens Fox fire engine

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HME Ahrens Fox fire engine

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New ambulances for Chicago Heights

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chicago Heights Fire Department on the delivery of their two, 2016 Wheeled Coach Type I ambulances. We thank you for your business and look forward to working with you again.

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Chicago Heights Ambulance 687. Fire Service, Inc. photo

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two new ambulances for the Chicago Heights Fire Department

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two new ambulances for the Chicago Heights Fire Department

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Chicago Heights Ambulance 687

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New ambulances for Chicago Heights FD

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Congratulations to Chief Jeffery T. Springer and the Chicago Heights Fire Department on the purchase of two (2) new Wheeled Coach ambulances. These new Type I units will feature a custom COOLBAR HVAC system, all LED lighting and a custom interior configuration. We appreciate your business and want to welcome the Chicago Heights Fire Department to our Fire Service family. Delivery in approx. 90 Days. We will post pics as soon as they are available.

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Chicago Heights Fire Department news

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

Budget problems are forcing Chicago Heights to reduce its number of firefighters and the community is banding together to fight the cuts.

Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez sent out a letter to residents last week detailing a five-point modernization plan for the fire department of 57 full-time firefighters. It includes hiring part-time firefighters to cut down on overtime and pension costs and reducing the manpower at fire stations from 17 to 15 per shift.

“We are not proposing any cuts into our full-time fire department, but what we are looking to do is we would like to add on certified part-time firemen,” Mayor Gonzalez said.

Chicago Heights Local 711 is against the plan. They’ve been trying to get the word out with the “Keep 17” signs that are popping up in yards across town.

“Any number of cuts to that 17 is devastating to operational safety whether it is dealing with multiple ambulance calls or structure fires,” Chicago Heights Local 711 President Steve Koenig said.

The mayor said the city would use some of the savings to upgrade their ambulance fleet. Residents say they just want to make sure their level of service isn’t compromised.

The mayor stressed that the talks are ongoing with the union and a final decision has not been made.

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Chicago Heights Fire Department news

Chicago Heights Local 711 Firefighter Paramedics battle against layoffs and privatization of EMS

More can be found HERE

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Working fire in Chicago Heights, 8-1-16

This from Brad Steinweg:

Pictures from the Heights’ house fire @ 1446 East End AV on 8/1. I saw a small header while on the way but it was pretty much knocked and only a little bit of smoke still showing.

-Brad S.
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house fire in Chicago Heights

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Flossmoor’s former ambulance 1372 that was replaced with the Dodge Ram a few years ago. It now belongs to the Chicago Heights FD. 1998 Ford E-350. Brad Steinweg photo

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Chicago Heights FD honors 10-year-old boy

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Chicago Heights Fire Department has a new honorary lieutenant among its ranks.

Ten year-old Rocco Debergh, a cancer survivor who spearheaded a community-wide collection of coloring books for hospitalized children, celebrated his honorary position June 1 with more than two dozen friends and family at the city’s fire station at 51 E. 19th Place.

Chicago Heights Fire Chief Jeffrey Springer said Rocco’s helpful spirit is exactly what he looks for in a great fireman.

“I just thought this was so special, a boy, 10 years old going through what he’s going through and thinking about others,” Springer said. “That’s what we do in the fire service, we think about others. It’s such an honor to be here for him. . . From what he’s been through, it’s just such a blessing that he is still here and is in good spirits.”

The Chicago Heights boy said he used coloring books to take his mind off of the cancer while he was receiving chemotherapy, and wanted to share that joy with others. Rocco, who marks two years being cancer-free this summer, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009.

After writing a letter to his principal at Greenbriar Elementary School in Chicago Heights inviting schoolmates to donate coloring books and crayons, the message spread like wildfire. On March 18, he and his family delivered 2,000 coloring books to the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital.

When then-interim Chicago Heights Fire Chief Tim Kennedy heard Rocco’s story, he felt moved to celebrate the youngster’s actions.

“He is just such a great inspiration for all of us,” Kennedy said. “And with his uncle (Ron Lucarini) being one of the chiefs here, it just makes tonight really special.”

Rocco wasn’t the only one appointed honorary lieutenant; his younger brother, Bronx, 7, also was pinned with a ceremonial honor for being a great supporter of his brother.

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Box alarm fire in Chicago Heights, 2-6-16

This from Eric Haak:

The Chicago Heights Fire Department had a MABAS Box on Saturday morning (2/6) for a fire in a Walmart that is under construction at 21000 S. Western Avenue.  As far as I could tell, it was probably construction materials on the interior and did not involve the structure.  There were two aerials up and ready but no water was used on the roof.  I was not allowed to get any closer than the construction fence so the images you see here were taken from a distance.  Was able to at least shoot a few rigs.

Flossmoor Sutpehn tower ladder at fire scene

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mates fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck

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