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Cicero Fire Department history

Excerpts from wthr.com:

A piece of firefighting history has left an Indianapolis museum and is headed for the auction block.

The 1889 American La France steam engine was loaned to the the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum in 1994 by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation. The foundation is auctioning several items this Saturday (March 11) and the engine is among those up for bid.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have had such a beautiful piece of firefighting history on display in our museum for the last 24 years. We hope that wherever the Steamer lands, it will provide as much enjoyment to them as it did for us,” Indianapolis Firefighters Local 416 President Hank Harris said.

The engine served the community of Cicero, Illinois and has long generated the most interest from visitors at the museum, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith wrote in a release. Reith says visitors often stopped to ask how the engine worked and how many horses it took to pull it.

The museum is located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue in the old IFD Fire Station #2, which is the oldest fire station in Marion County. It was built in the late 1870s. The museum opened in 1994.

thanks Scott

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As seen around … Lynn, Indiana

Kevin Griffin spotted this at IndianaFireTrucks.com:

Lynn Fire Department Tanker 13

Frank Wegloski photo

Lynn Fire Department Tanker 13

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Cicero Fire Department tractor-drawn aerial

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Vintage Hawthorne Race Track fire of 1978

This from Steve Redick:

I found some of my images from the Hawthorne Racetrack fire. The slides are stamped Nov 78. My buddy Hank and I were fanning at 84 truck 51 when the man on watch woke us up and told us to look out the 2nd floor window of the firehouse. Needless to say we went running for our cars. I recall the Cicero ALF tiller arrived about the same time we did and took a corner so fast we thought the tiller wheels were gonna come off. CFD had sent a few companies as well … 34, 364, 88, a turret wagon, and a buggy. This was a real old time classic suburban extravaganza!

Steve

Forest View Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Sticky Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Sticky Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Sticky Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Cicero Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Berwyn Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Chicago Fire Department at the Hawthorne Race Track grandstand fire of 1978

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Excerpt from theChicagoTribune.com:

Another big fire, on Nov. 19, 1978, destroyed the grandstand and heavily damaged the clubhouse at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney. The park was rebuilt and reopened in September, 1980.

Before they were destroyed, Hawthorne and Washington Park were considered extremely susceptible to fire because of extensive wooden structures. Hawthorne was built in 1891 and Washington Park in 1926, when building restrictions and fire codes were not as strict as today`s.

 

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Down memory lane …. Cicero

This from Bill Friedrich:

I am sharing some old Cicero photos from my collection. I did have the opportunity to photograph the 700 series American LaFrance when it was nearing the end of its career.

Bill

 

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 1, an Ahrens Fox. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 6. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero engine with personnel. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Early group shot of Cicero apparatus. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2, 700 Series American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 1, an American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 3. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Hawthorne station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Morton Park station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 1. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 2. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2. Bill Friedrich collection

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Down memory lane … Cicero

This from Steve Redick:

Found a few more images from the fire in Cicero…location is arount 28/Cicero…anyone have an exact date??

Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Down memory lane …

Another installment from Steve Redick:

… some photos from Cicero back in the 80s …
  • I remember this was 2 or 3 frames … the white Grove aerial was one of two white rigs they had as I recall …  another was a Ford COE engine …
Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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Cicero Fire Department history

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  • a shot of truck 10 at an extra alarm on Goose island … very smoky job … a pallet company I recall …
Chicago Fire Department history

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  • Skokie RT17 the rig that caused a truck company to be eliminated … Skokie was never the same after that in my opinion …
Skokie FIre Department history

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Steve asks:
Who can name this firehouse? … hint … not Chicago
fire station photo

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