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Park Ridge Fire Department news (more)

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Less than 48 hours after Park Ridge Firefighter Michael Isom and his family lost their home, the GoFundMe page set up to help them had raised more than $15,000. At present, donors have pledged more than $19,000 of the $20,000 goal as of Sunday.  Aside from the loss of their home, Isom and his family are OK, but they’ll need time.

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Park Ridge Fire Department news

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Fundraiser for Park Ridge FD FF/PM Mike Isolm

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A fire at about 1 a.m Thursday in Malta claimed the home of one of Malta Fire Department’s own. There were no injuries, but the home of Fire Capt. Mike Isom and his family in the 500 block of East Jefferson Street was destroyed. The family stayed with friends overnight.

The Malta Fire Department had assistance from fire departments in DeKalb, Creston, Shabbona, Kirkland, as well as Genoa EMS.


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North Chicago Fire Department news

From the North Chicago Firefighters IAFF Local 3271 Facebook page:

Our brother Keith Peacy has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and has the fight of his life coming. Let stand together in Keith’s corner while he kicks cancers colon. Keith is a 16 year veteran with NCFD and has spend countless hours helping the less fortunate while on mission trips to Haiti. He is also a member of the WHFD. Now its time to help our brother out.

North Chicago Firefighter Keith Peacy



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Roberts Park Fire Protection District news (more)

A gofundme page has been created to assist the family of Roberts Park FPD Lieutenant Clint Sanders

We take care of our own. Make no mistake about it the Sanders family is our own. Members of our community that have literally made careers out of helping others now need our help. Clint and Sheila Sanders: a firefighter and a nurse- dedicate themselves each day to protecting, serving, helping, healing…things we might take for granted until we need them. You call and they come.They show up prepared for anything; anything except one of them not riding back to the station with them when the call is over. It’s probably your worst day if you need them. December 27, 2017 was their worst day. The day that one of them didn’t get to go home after shift and hug his wife and kids a little tighter because of what he’s seen “just doing his job”. Lt. Clinton Sanders of RPFPD was gravely injured in the line of duty and is being treated in the burn unit of Loyola Medical Center. He has a long road of recovery ahead. His wife Sheila, his son Ryne and his daughter Sophia are staying by his side around the clock along with his fellow firefighters. It is with heavy hearts and minds that we ask for your continued support through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are appreciated but we can do more. We can join together in gathering donations to offset the financial burden this family faces. Even the smallest of contributions can add up to help offset lost wages and allow Lt. Sanders’ wife to remain at his side and do what she does best: nurse him back to health. The fire service family stretches nationwide and every one of us carries this weight with the Sanders family. We live each day knowing that this could happen and praying that it doesn’t. It’s the pride, the commitment, the tradition and knowing that the person standing next to you has your back that keeps you going. We can all stand with Lt. Sanders and his family now to keep them going. Whether you know them personally, are a member of their local community, their church and school community, places of employment; or even if you have always just been quietly grateful for their service we ask that you follow the link for the fund and offer all the support you can.

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Peoria Fire Department news

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Nick Riordan had a smile on his face as he watched the dozens upon dozens of people fill the Knights of Columbus hall on Wednesday to help raise money for him.

To those who know him, Riordan, a 3 1/2-year veteran of the Peoria Fire Department, would do nothing else than smile. Not even a possibly life-threatening diagnosis of neuroendocrine carcinoma got him down, say his buddies on the department.

For weeks, firefighters have worn bracelets for Riordan. Some even shaved their heads to show solidarity with the father of three who is undergoing chemotherapy to combat the stage 4 cancer. He was initially given months to live but his wife, Sarah Riordan, who was holding their 1-month-old daughter, said they had gone to a doctor in Denver and had gotten some encouraging news. Still, it’s an uphill battle with the medical bills, the time off work and just the stress for Nick Riordan, whose children are still too young to understand completely what is going on. “They just know Daddy’s sick and taking medicine to get well,” he said.

The firefighter-paramedic learned of the cancer in May when he went to the doctor for stomach pain. He thought it was a gall bladder issue.

People filled the social hall, wolfing down plates of food donated by area businesses. Others bid on one of the items on nearly a dozen tables in a silent auction. A woman who won a share of the 50-50 raffle donated her portion back to Riordan. 

Riordan said he’s taking things day by day. He’s hopeful the chemo will work. He paused and smiled as people came up to him and wished him well. His friend Lindholm has already told him he’ll get through it.

A GoFundMe page called “Relief for the Riordans” has been set up for the family.

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Fund to assist Frankfort lieutenant and his family

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Many parents know this scenario: a child bumps his head, a lump appears. In the case of 9-year-old Brandon Otte of Shorewood, the lump didn’t disappear. A CT scan revealed an abnormality, a tumor above his left eye.

Brandon’s father is Jeff Otte a lieutenant/paramedic with the Frankfort Fire Protection District.

Brandon has Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare cancer that causes an excess of white blood cells to accumulate in the body and form tumors, also known as lesions. He is the oldest of seven children.

The lump appeared in December 2015. Surgery to remove the lesion was scheduled for the end of January 2016. Since shortly before the surgery, Jeff has been caring for all seven children under age 10 on his own.

The children are Brandon, 9; Julie, 7; Natalie, 6; Emilie, 4; Callie, 3; and Noah, who has autism and is nonverbal, 2; and Benjamin, 16 months. Jeff said he doesn’t have much extended family except for his sister, Cindy McDorman of Galesburg.

After surgery, Brandon began 52 weeks of chemotherapy, which he will complete in early 2017. His spirits are great and his prognosis is good.

In April, the family faced another health scare. Cindy was diagnosed with a rare breast cancer. In May, she had a double mastectomy. But Cindy is now in remission and staying at the Otte home about one week each month.

Jeff said various groups have arranged Christmas presents and holiday activities to keep the season festive for the children. On Dec. 26, the family leaves for Disneyland in California, courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Jeff listed the rest of his support system: neighbors, staff at Troy School District 30-C, the Joliet Park District (where some of his children attend after-school activities) and even The Village Christian Church in Minooka – which Jeff said he and his family joined in September.

In August, Jeff created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000. As of Thursday, the amount was raised was just $3,395.

Jeff said his main financial need is not money for medical bills but to pay his full-time and part-time nannies, so Jeff can continue working his job and keep the insurance for his kids.

A firefighter since 1998 in Crestwood, Jeff came to Frankfort in 2005.

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