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Sexual harassment lawsuit against Country Club Hills (more)

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

Country Club Hills has suspended a firefighter who complained about gender discrimination, sexual harassment and porn in the fire station, according to the woman’s attorney.

Dana Kurtz, Lewis-Bystrzycki’s attorney, said the suspension is “simply more retaliation against her. It sends a clear message to everyone ‘do not complain or this is what will happen to you.'”

Earlier this month, Lewis-Bystrzycki filed a supplemental complaint against Country Club Hills alleging lieutenants have admitted knowing that employees watch porn in the fire station. Court records allege at least 45 instances of sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation against Lewis-Bystrzycki dating back to the beginning of her employment.

Country Club Hills attorney Daniel Boddicker declined to comment, citing pending litigation, but said he believes the department will be successful on the merits of the case. Boddicker previously said the fire chief has “terminated access to the premium movie channels” where there is “nudity.”

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Sexual harassment lawsuit against Country Club Hills

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

On Dena Lewis-Bystrzycki’s first day as a Country Club Hills firefighter, the chief at the time allegedly leaned over to her and whispered a crude sexual invitation.

Some co-workers laughed. Lewis-Bystrzycki looked at one of them and asked, essentially, “Is this what I am to expect?”

“Welcome to the fire service,” the engineer allegedly responded, according to recently filed court records that detail the exchange.

Nearly two decades later, Lewis-Bystrzycki has filed a lawsuit alleging firefighters regularly watch pornography at the station, engaged in gender discrimination when she came up for a promotion and retaliated against her for reporting misbehavior.

There are only two full-time female firefighters in the department, according to the suit. Lewis-Bystrzycki, 40, is one of them. She said firefighting is in her blood as she’s following in the footsteps of several uncles, her father and grandfather.

“I was raised in a firehouse,” Lewis-Bystrzycki said in an interview.

Lewis-Bystrzycki has been a firefighter with Country Club Hills since 1998. She first sued the department in 2012, and on Wednesday she filed a supplemental complaint alleging lieutenants have admitted knowing that employees watch porn in the stations.

The lawsuit also alleges that many questions on the 2011 lieutenant promotion exam were written by the father of Carl Pycz, the male firefighter who got the job after scoring highest on the written exam.

Lewis-Bystrzycki complained at the time but was ignored, the lawsuit alleges. At one point, court records allege, Carl Pycz confronted Lewis-Bystrzycki with “a big smile and said, ‘Let the best man win.'”

Since Pycz’s promotion, the lawsuit alleges, he has retaliated against Lewis-Bystrzycki by excluding her from station meals, assigning her menial tasks and unfairly disciplining her.

Country Club Hills referred questions to its attorney, Daniel Boddicker, who said the fire chief has “terminated access to the premium movie channels” where there is nudity. He said the department is investigating the pornography allegations further.

Boddicker declined to comment on anything else but said the fire department expects to win the lawsuit.

Lewis-Bystrzycki’s attorney, Dana Kurtz, said this is one of the more egregious cases she’s seen.

“You have people in command that are doing nothing,” Kurtz said.

Court records filed earlier this month detail at least 45 instances of sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation against Lewis-Bystrzycki dating back to the beginning of her employment. The alleged misbehavior spans nearly two decades.

In 1998, after Lewis-Bystrzycki started, a firefighter threw a ring used for sexual purposes at her.

One firefighter broke down the bathroom door in 1999 while Lewis-Bystrzycki was showering, according to the complaint.

There were a handful of incidents in 2009 where a male firefighter, and on one occasion two firefighters, climbed into Lewis-Bystrzycki’s bunk and said “cuddle with me” or something similar, court records allege.

In 2012, someone placed a sticker on Lewis-Bystrzycki’s locker with a sexual connotation, court records allege.

That same year, court records allege, Lewis-Bystrzycki came back to her locker and found a ceramic doll on top of it with its hands placed over its mouth. That indicated she should shut her mouth, court records allege.

In 2013, court records allege, Lewis-Bystrzycki was told by another firefighter that there was “an unwritten order given not to assist (Lewis-Bystrzycki) with anything.”

That incident, in particular, disturbs Lewis-Bystrzycki, she said. Fighting the case has left her “nerve-wracked, overwhelmed and scared.”

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New ambulances for area departments

Martin Nowak found these ambulances for area fire departments:

new LifeLine ambulance for Wilmington

Model:  Type I Superliner 171″ Mod 74″ HR
2015 F550 4WD with Liquid Spring

Lifeline Type I ambilance

New ambulance for Wilmington. Lifeline Ambulance photo

new Osage ambulance for Country Club Hills

Type III Ambulance to Country Club Hills Fire Department of Country Club Hills, IL – This Type III Ambulance was delivered to Country Club Hills Fire Department of Country Club Hills, IL.  It is a 2015 Chevrolet G4500 Type III Super Warrior.

Osage Type III ambulance

New ambulance for the Country Club Hills FD. Osage Ambulance photo

new Wheeled Coach ambulance for the Tri-State FPD

ambulance being built

New Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance being finished for the Tri-State FPD. Fire Service, Inc. photo

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As seen around … Country Club Hills

This from Dylan Konchan:

Country Club Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire with entrapment at 4136 177th St. Companies found the victim inside, and transported to South Suburban Hospital.

Pierce aerial ladder

Hazel Crest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

Pierce fire truck black over red

Oak Forest truck. Dylan Konchan photo

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Country Club Hills FD

DH submitted the following:

Saw CC Hills Tower 1145 at Southwest Spring and Alignment on 85th and Columbus (Southwest Highway) in Chicago this morning. A question for the readers, is the ALF 1140 still in service? Or does CC Hills just run 2 engines when 1145 is OOS?

DH
Country Club Hills Fire Department

Country Club Hills Truck 1145.

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Country Club Hills house fire 4-14-13

This from Dylan Konchan:

Country Club Hills | Still and Box Alarm | 3830 Highland Pl | Companies got on scene and with smoke showing from a 2 story house, 1 line was lead out.

 

Markham Fire Department fire engine

Dylan Konchan photo

Flossmoor Fire Department engine

Dylan Konchan photo

Homewood Fire Department

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Oak FOrest Fire Department engine

Dylan Konchan photo

Country Club Hills house fire

Dylan Konchan photo

Country Club Hills house fire

Dylan Konchan photo

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Country Club Hills Controversy

Firegeezer.com has an article HERE that outlines an issue with the recently hired fire chief in Country Club Hills.

THE … TOWN OF COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, has a moral problem on their hands this week.  Just three months ago they hired a new fire chief Roger Agpawa, previously the deputy chief of the Markham Fire Department.  Following the open application season, Agpawa was selected from the field of candidates bringing with him an impressive resume of fire service credentials.

Unfortunately, he also brought with him a criminal conviction that wasn’t part of his resume.

According to the Sun-Times:

Agpawa was hired as the Country Club Hills fire chief in July for $98,000 a year plus a city Ford Expedition, even though he pleaded guilty to mail fraud as part of a 1997 medical insurance fraud case in federal court in Chicago.

Agpawa, 54, was charged in December 1997 with cashing bogus medical insurance claim checks and splitting the money with his partner in crime who worked as a claims approver.

Agpawa pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and could have served more than a year in prison.

Instead, he was ordered in 1999 to pay more than $60,000 back to the insurance company, serve three years of probation and perform 200 hours of community service.

Under Illinois law, a town cannot hire a firefighter with a serious felony conviction, but in an interesting twist, there is a difference between fire chiefs and rank-and-file firefighters.

Unlike firefighters, fire chiefs are appointed, not sworn, and not subject to the same state law.

But when it comes to fire chiefs, “all fire chiefs step out of the sworn area,” he said. “They are appointed.”

Usually, a mayor or a village manager — and not a fire commission — is the fire chief’s supervisor, Markowski said.

Mayors may use the same criteria as set out in the statute for sworn firefighters or “they can overlook it.”

One Country Club Hills alderman, Vincent Lockett, though, sang the praises of Agpawa.

“The guy has done a spectacular job for the city of Country Club Hills. He has saved the residents $400,000 in the short term,” Lockett said. “We haven’t had this type of management in many, many years in Country Club Hills. The fire chiefs used to allow the department to rape the city.”

“I don’t think one alderman would have anything negative to say about him,” Lockett said. “I guess I would have to say, let his past be his past . . .”I am proud to have him.”

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Department patches added

The following patches have been added to the site:

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Tinley Park barn fire 4-3-12

Karl Klotz submitted the following:

On 4/3/2012 around midnight, Tinley Park was dispatched to a reported silo fire in the 7300 block of 191st Street in unincorporated Will County.  Truck Co. 204 arrived to find an abandoned barn fully involved communicating to an attached silo.  Engine Co. 202 hit the fire with their deck gun while crews advanced three handlines to extinguish the remains of the barn and a smaller shed nearby.  Mutual-aid was received from Frankfort, Mokena, Country Club Hills, and Hazel Crest.

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Tinley Park Engine Co. 202 leading out up the driveway. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Remains of the barn and silo. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Engine Co. 202 knocking down the fire w/ the deck gun. Karl Klotz photo

barn fire in Tinley Park on 191st Street 4-3-12

Tinley Park firefighter leading out a handline to the rear of the property. Karl Klotz photo

The rest of the photos are on my site.

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Country Club Hills has been added to the site

Country Club Hills has been added to the MABAS Division 24 departments that are on the website. Country Club Hills has two stations with a total of three ambulances, four engines, and a tower ladder. One of their engines, Engine 1140, is a 1980 American LaFrance Century, 75′ Water Chief Quint with a 1,500-GPM pump and 300 gallons of water. It is lettered as Truck 1140, but the aerial device is out of service, so it is running as an engine. Country Club Hills also owns the only HME/Ahrens-Fox/RK Aerials tower ladder in Illinois.

Country Club Hills Fire Department Spartan Crimson engine

This engine was featured at a fire recently which was posted HERE with images from Karl Klotz.

Country Club Hills Fire Department Station 2

Country Club Hills Fire Department Station 2 is their headquarters at 4520 W. 175th Street. Jack Connors photo

Country Club Hills Fire Department HME Ahrens Fox RK tower ladder

Country Club Hills Fire Department American LaFrance Century Water Chief Quint

When American LaFrance made aerials, each rear-mount was part of the ‘Chief’ series. There was the Ladder Chief, the Ladder Chief Quint, the Water Chief, the Water Chief Quint, and the Aero Chief.  The Aero Chief was a two-piece articulating boom with a platform at the end, similar to the Snorkel.

American LaFrance Water Chief quint brochure

American LaFrance literature on the 75' Water Chief Quint. Larry Shapiro collection

A Water Chief was an aerial ladder with a pre-piped waterway while the Ladder Chief was a straight ladder.

American LaFrance Ladder Chief brochure

American LaFrance Ladder Chief brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

American LaFrance Water Chief brochure

American LaFrance Water Chief brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

Either aerial could be mounted on a unit with a pump and tank for the quint designation.

American LaFrance brochure 75' Water Chief Quint

American LaFrance 75' Water Chief Quint brochure. Larry Shapiro collection

Few of the ‘Chief’ aerials are still in service today.

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