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Hinsdale Fire Department news

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Twenty seven-year-old Nicole Hladik was the only female firefighter at the Hinsdale Fire Department, and the third in the town’s history, died by suicide Tuesday.

Nicki was a bright rising star in the fire service, she was beloved by all of us of course and very happy early on,” Brian Kulaga, Hladik’s uncle, said. Then she traded shifts and suddenly just a lot of negativity and then leading up to today which was obviously a complete surprise to all of us,” he said.

The family said it doesn’t make sense. Our goal is, we just want someone to look into this, it’s not an accusation. It’s just the facts are, how could someone who was so happy and loved what she was doing go from one spectrum to the other end? It just doesn’t make any sense,” Joseph Hladik said.

The Village of Hinsdale released the following statement:

The Village of Hinsdale is heartbroken over the death of Firefighter/Paramedic Candidate Nicole Hladik, who took her life today. This is a devastating loss for her family and friends, the fire department, and the entire village.

We have been in contact with Nicole’s family; and, brought in grief counseling for our fire department. In the coming days, the village will seek an external evaluation to better understand what happened to one of our own.

We are grateful for having Nicole as a part of our village family. Her death is a loss for all of us, and we will keep everyone in our prayers. If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance, please call 800-273-TALK (8255).

DuPage County Coroner said autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday and no official ruling has been made on  the death.

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Chicago Fire Department news

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A firefighter was found dead inside his far South Side home Thursday afternoon. Chicago firefighters responded to a blaze in the  11000 block of  S. St. Louis in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood around 3:30 p.m

While searching the home and battling the fire, they discovered the body of Lt Rob Spoon in the basement. He was rushed to a waiting ambulance but it became clear he had taken his own life.

Lt Spoon was a full-time paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department and a part-time firefighter/paramedic with the Hometown Fire Department. In 2015, the Hometown Fire Department named Spoon firefighter of the year for his work coordinating its EMS department.

Lt Spoon was close friends with Lt Ryan Elwood, also a Hometown firefighter, who also took his own life on September 8th, 2015. 

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Chicago firefighters found a man shot in the basement of a burning house Thursday afternoon in Mount Greenwood.

The gunshot victim was later identified as 28-year-old Robert Spoon. He worked as a Chicago Fire Department paramedic for 2½ years and with the fire department in south suburban Hometown for 10 years.

Spoon was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Hospital where he later died.


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