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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

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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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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

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Great Lakes Fire Department update

Thanks to Steve Redick for submitting some photos of apparatus located at Station 2 for the Great Lakes Fire Department taken Sunday prior to the Fire Buffs of Illinois monthly meeting. The images have been used to add the station onto the updated chicagoareafire.com site. There is another ambulance that was missing along with all the photos from Station 1.

 

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Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet (more)

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s some highlights. I was very interested to see the Palatine Snorkel, new to the show this year. Great weather and a fun time. Unfortunately the CFD Engine 10 Fox had a mechanical problem and had to be flatbedded home.

All the images and video can be seen here

Steve Redick

Chicago FD Ahrens Fox fire engine

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Peotone FD pumper tanker

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Palatine FD Snorkel

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Frankfort FD Snorkel

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Chicago FD Special Operations Compressor Unit 5-2-3

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vintage fire trucks at fire muster

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vintage American LaFrance Century pumper

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Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet

Chicago Firematic Swap Meet is today

5-11 Club of Chicago & The Fire Buffs of Illinois

 

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Annual Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet

5-11 Club of Chicago & The Fire Buffs of Illinois

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2015 Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet (more highlights)

Images from Barbara Connors at the 2015 Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet

ringing of the fire bell in memory of those who served

Capt. John Jakubec opens the FBofI and 5-11 Club 21st Annual Muster with the bell ringing ceremony to Honor those who made the Supreme Sacrifice. Barbara Connors photo

award recipient at the Chicago Fire Academy

George Reichhardt receives the Ralph Feld Award from the Fire Buffs of Illinois for his contributions to the Fire Buffing Community over the years. Barbara Connors photo

award recipient at the Chicago Fire Academy

Rick Mendt receives the Longest Distance Driven Award for his 1975 American LaFrance he drove 71 miles “ex” Hillside, IL. Barbara Connors photo

award recipient at the Chicago Fire Academy

Mike Lynch received the Commissioners Choice Award for his 1969 GMC/Fire Trucks Inc. 1000/500. Barbara Connors photo

award recipient at the Chicago Fire Academy

John Ruckman of Peotone Fire Department receives the Presidents Choice Award with their 1935 Reo/Seagrave 500gpm. Barbara Connors photo

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2015 Chicago Fire Engine Rally & Swap Meet (more highlights)

From Dan McInerney:

Chicago FD Truck 1

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Chicago FD Engine 23

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Chicago FD Engine 8

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Chicago FD Engine 1

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Chicago FD Battalion 1

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