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Of interest … a beer brewed to memorialize Ed Switalski

Excerpts from woodtv.com:

A Kalamazoo brewery is adding a new ale to its tap list. It’s a special beer, brewed to memorialize Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

“He was a great man and the firemen that are here are good friends,” said Brian Steele of Boatyard Brewing Company.

On Wednesday night, Switalski’s fellow firefighters decided to honor him with a special brew. They hope it will help keep his memory alive.

Switalski’s beer will be a red ale. Beyond that, they aren’t releasing many details about the ale, including what it will be named.

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Newport Township FPD Station 2

A photo to update the site of Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41 Zion IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL Larry Shapiro photo

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New aerial for Schiller Park (more)

Photos from Steve Redick of the new E-ONE Metro 100 truck in Schiller Park

Schiller park FD Truck 5

Schiller Park FD Truck 5. Steve Redick photo

Schiller park FD Truck 5

Steve Redick photo

tip of prepped aerial ladder

Steve Redick photo

Schiller Park FD station decal

Steve Redick photo

Schiller park FD Truck 5

Steve Redick photo

Schiller park FD Truck 5

Steve Redick photo

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Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD news (more)

updated photos of Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD Truck 20 being refurbished at Pierce

fire truck in body shop at Pierce

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fire truck in body shop at Pierce

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fire truck in body shop at Pierce

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fire truck in body shop at Pierce

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fire truck in body shop at Pierce

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New engine for Forest Park (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Fire Service, Inc would like to congratulate the Forest Park, IL Fire Department on the delivery of their new E- One pumper! This rescue body, 530-gallon tank, low hose bed, and top mount pump panel design provides Forest Park with mission critical capabilites in their highy urban environment. This will be the first out apparatus which beyond suppression capabilites, includes a large interior EMS cabinet for their ALS gear, and body storage for thier cache of tool and equipment. Thank you Chief McDermott, and Deputy Chief Chiappetta for your support of FSI and E-One. Welcome to the family!

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Forest Park FD Engine 401. Fire Service, Inc. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

Fire Service, Inc. photo

Forest Park FD Engine 401

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Kenneth Kauppi, a former Winthrop Harbor firefighter pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted first-degree murder for allegedly setting a house fire this summer when he knew the residence was occupied by his aunt. He is being held in the County Jail with his bail set at $1 million.

The charges are related to Kauppi allegedly setting fire to the home of his 70-year-old aunt in Winthrop Harbor, and that according to grand jury indictments, he knew she was in the home at the time.

Kauppi also entered not guilty pleas to aggravated arson and arson related to the June 3 fire.

According to police reports, the woman was treated for mild to serious burns.

The judge set a trial date of Oct. 16 for Kauppi and scheduled a case management hearing for Sept. 15.

Prosecutors submitted 192 pages of discovery in the case, as well as DVDs that may be used as evidence, to Briscoe during the arraignment hearing Thursday.

In announcing his arrest, Winthrop Harbor police said Kauppi confessed to intentionally starting the fire.

On Feb. 27, Kauppi was terminated from his position at the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department by Chief Justin Stried after police accused Kauppi in December of forging checks. His aunt refused to pursue charges against him at that time.

According to police, the aunt was arrested prior to the June 3 fire in an arson at a residence in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., but those charges were dropped June 8 after Kauppi admitted to that fire as well.

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Palatine Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

As fire raged through the Ben Franklin store in Palatine on Feb. 23, 1973, volunteer firefighter George Palmer, an engineer on the Snorkel, raised the bucket to get firefighters to the roof.

That 50-year-old firetruck, emblazoned with the names of the three firefighters who died in that blaze, was on hand Saturday as a crowd of more than 50 people and a dozen firefighters in full dress blue uniforms bid goodbye to Palmer during a memorial service in front of the historic Palatine Deluge Fire Co. Museum on the grounds of the Palatine Historical Society.

Palmer, who had heart issues and died Sept. 4 at age 85 in his home in Florida, rode on the Snorkel during the 2016 Palatine Fourth of July Parade.

Palmer was part of one the first paramedic programs in the nation, said retired Palatine Fire Lt. Bill Noland Jr., 74, who also was in that program. In addition to honing medical skills every Sunday for two months, the paramedics also received another 120 hours in training on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Noland said.

Noland was on the roof of the Ben Franklin store with other firefighters when the decision was made to get off because it was too dangerous. The store was owned by John Wilson, a volunteer firefighter who died alongside Warren “Auggie” Ahlgrim, and Richard Freeman when they ran out of air in the basement of the building.

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As seen around … Maryland

The former Oak Lawn aerial that went to the Brooklyn Park Fire Department in Anne Arundel County, Maryland was spotted at a fire recently

Brooklyn Park Volunteer Fire Department Truck 31 at work

Anne Arundel County Fire Department, from the Truck 31, Brooklyn Park Volunteer Fire Department. Hungrybus photo

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New engine for Glenview (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Village of Glenview FD, IL so#30628

Glenview FD Engine 8

Glenview Engine 8. Pierce composite

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New aerial for Bensenville FPD (more)

Updated production photos at E-ONE of the New aerial for Bensenville FPD  so #141014

Fire truck being built

E-ONE photo

fire truck being built

E-ONE photo

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