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Fire service loses a good friend, George Reichhardt

George ReichardtGeorge C. Reichhardt,

It is with great sadness that we mention the loss of a friend. George Reichhardt served with the East Joliet Fire Protection District, retired as a captain with the Fermilab Fire Department, and was a lifelong fire service enthusiast. George spent many years documenting new and old apparatus from area fire departments with other photographers.

George C. Reichhardt 77, of Joliet, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Glendale Heights. George was born in Joliet to the late Charles F. and Catherine M. (nee Briski) Reichhardt. Survived by his daughter Julie K. Reichhardt; a brother Donald J. (Barbara) Reichhardt and a sister Katherine Sheck; he is also survived by step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter Christina A. Bourg. George was a founding member of Fire Buffs of Illinois, he was a member of HOIFEC (Heart of Illinois Fire Enthusiasts and Collectors), SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America), International Fire Photographers Association, Reichhardt Raiders, and Blitz Brothers. He was employed as a firefighter at the Army Ammunition Plant, East Joliet Fire Protection District, Fermilab, and Rockdale Fire Protection District. He was also a FAE Instructor and MABAS 15 Fire Photographer. His hobbies included photographing fire trucks, fires, trains, towboats, collecting fire memorabilia, and he really enjoyed riding Chicago Squad 3 in the early days. His publications include: Fire Apparatus Photo Album of the Ford Tilt Cabs – The Visiting Fireman, 1985 (Editor) and Darley Fire Apparatus – The Visiting Fireman, 1987 (Editor). George also received numerous awards and certificates throughout his career. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Frances Rd, New Lenox on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00pm until time of services at 8:00pm. A fire department walk through will begin at 7PM.

 

Funeral arrangements for George Reichhardt

George Reichhardt Bell Ceremony

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District (more)

updated production photos of an engine being built for the East Joliet FPD by Ferrara:

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Fire engine being built

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Fire engine being built

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District (more)

updated production photos of an engine being built for the East Joliet FPD by Ferrara:

MVP Rescue Pumper on a Cinder chassis, 1750/750 

fire engine being built by Ferrara

Ferrara Fire Apparatus photo

fire engine being built by Ferrara

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fire engine being built by Ferrara

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fire engine being built by Ferrara

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East Joliet FPD news

From the East Joliet FPD Facebook page:

We are happy to announce that former Engine 52 (531) will be donated to Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter. It was delivered to them this morning and once in service for them will be known as “Big AL” in honor of the late Ret. Captain AL Hentsch.

East Joliet FPD fire engine

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

firefighter loses battle with cancer

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

East Joliet FPD

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

Ret. Captain AL Hentsch

from the East Joliet FPD Facebook page

thanks Dennis

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District (more)

This from Scott Matthews:

Update on our new Ferrara Cinder MVP Rescue Pumper

Photos are from Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

Production: H-6138
Ferrara MVP Rescue Pumper

Cinder chassis
Extruded aluminum body
Waterous CSU 1750 pump
750-gallon water tank
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fire truck being built

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fire truck being built

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East Joliet FPD Open House

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East Joliet FPD news

This from Scott Matthews:

After 21 years of service, Monday Engine 52 (a 1996 Pierce) was decommissioned after finding out recently her pump gave out. Chief Kelly wanted me to post some final pictures as many current and former members have fond memories of her as Engine 531 & Engine 52.

East Joliet FPD fire engine

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

thanks Dennis

East Joliet FPD Engine 531

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New engine for the East Joliet Fire Protection District

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East Joliet Fire Protection District news

From the East Joliet FPD:

We are selling our 2002 IHC/Alexis squad in a bidding process. 

click on either page for a downloadable file

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New ambulance for East Joliet FPD

This from Scott Matthews:

At the end of May, we received delivery of a new Ford F-450/Horton ALS ambulance. The new ambulance replaced our reserve ambulance, a 2002 Freightliner/Road Rescue. New Ambulance 52 was placed in service on July 1, 2016 at our Station 52 at 102 E Zarley. The ambulance that was serving as Ambulance 52, a 2007 Ford F-450/Medtec, was moved into a reserve role as Ambulance 53.

Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Matthews
East Joliet Fire Protection District
Assistant EMS Coordinator
East Joliet FPD Ambulance 52 is a Ford F-450/Horton Type I ALS unit. Scott Matthews photo

East Joliet FPD Ambulance 52 is a Ford F-450/Horton Type I ALS unit. Scott Matthews photo

Ford F-450/Horton ALS ambulance in East Joliet IL

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Ford F-450/Horton ALS ambulance

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Ford F-450/Horton ALS ambulance

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