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Waukegan Fire Department history (part 4)

The final installment in the Waukegan Fire Department history series includes these images supplied by the fire department.

Waukegan Fire Department history

1921 Stutz. Waukegan Fire Department photo

Waukegan Fire Department history

Waukegan Fire Department photo

Waukegan Fire Department history

Waukegan Fire Department photo

We are grateful to the Waukegan Fire Department for sharing their history with us.

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Down memory lane …. Cicero

This from Bill Friedrich:

I am sharing some old Cicero photos from my collection. I did have the opportunity to photograph the 700 series American LaFrance when it was nearing the end of its career.

Bill

 

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 1, an Ahrens Fox. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 6. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero engine with personnel. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Early group shot of Cicero apparatus. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2, 700 Series American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 1, an American LaFrance TDA. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Engine 3. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Hawthorne station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Morton Park station. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 1. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Station 2. Bill Friedrich collection

Cicero Fire Department history

Cicero Truck 2. Bill Friedrich collection

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Down memory lane … Cicero

This from Steve Redick:

Found a few more images from the fire in Cicero…location is arount 28/Cicero…anyone have an exact date??

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

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Down memory lane …

Another installment from Steve Redick:

… some photos from Cicero back in the 80s …
  • I remember this was 2 or 3 frames … the white Grove aerial was one of two white rigs they had as I recall …  another was a Ford COE engine …
Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

Cicero Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

  • a shot of truck 10 at an extra alarm on Goose island … very smoky job … a pallet company I recall …
Chicago Fire Department history

Steve Redick photo

  • Skokie RT17 the rig that caused a truck company to be eliminated … Skokie was never the same after that in my opinion …
Skokie FIre Department history

Steve Redick photo

Steve asks:
Who can name this firehouse? … hint … not Chicago
fire station photo

Steve Redick photo

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Down memory lane …

This from Steve Redick:

I was doing some scanning from the “wayback” files and found a few you might like to see…

The first was a huge pile of RR ties in Bensenville that burned for hours and hours..early 80s. Got some rig shots including the old Bensenville International Squad rig..I remember at this fire the oxygen levels near it got low and one fireman started acting very erratically til they got him into better atmosphere..very strange but no one thought of using masks at an outside fire back then.

I got a lot of interest in the Elk Grove tiller shot too…..

Found a coupla shots of some Mt Prospect rigs, and the Wood Dale truck

Also a fire in a trailer in Morton Grove at the old OCC site (Oakton Community College)

All these should be from the early 80s and shot on Kodacolor negative film…

Steve

Bensenville Fire Department history

Bensenville engine. Steve Redick photo

Railroad ties on fire in the 1980s.

Railroad ties on fire in the 1980s. Steve Redick photo

Wood Dale Fire Department history

Wood Dale Pirsch ladder truck. Steve Redick photo

Railroad ties on fire in the 1980s.

Railroad ties on fire in the 1980s. Steve Redick photo

Bensenville squad. Steve Redick photo

Bensenville squad. Steve Redick photo

Elmhurst Fire Department history

Elmhurst Mack CF engine. Steve Redick photo

Elmhurst Fire Department history

Another shot of the Elmhurst engine. Steve Redick photo

Leyden Township FPD history

Leyden Township Hendrickson/FMC engine. Steve Redick photo

Elk Grove Village Fire Department history

Elk Grove Village Pirsch TDA. Steve Redick photo

Mount Prospect Fire Department history

Mount Prospect American LaFrance engine. Steve Redick photo

Mount Prospect Fire Department history

Mount Prospect American LaFrance engine. Steve Redick photo

Mount Prospect Fire Department history

Mount Prospect squad 543. Steve Redick photo

Morton Grove Fire Department history

Morton Grove engine with burned out trailer. Steve Redick photo

 

 

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History 6-7-3 (pt20)

The final installment from Jack Connors of the Chicago FD turret wagon history. Images in this article feature 6-7-3, Big John at various locations in the city; a display, a parade, and at two fire scenes.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

On display in October of 1974 in the Civic Centre Plaza for fire prevention week. Jack Connors photo

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Big John at Engine 42′s house in April of 1974 with Engine 42 and Truck 3. Jack Connors photo

In this photo at Engine 42′s house on Illinois, Big John sits with engine 42 and Truck 3, both built by American LaFrance. This and only one other house in Chicago matched an American LaFrance engine and truck together. The other pair was Engine 112 with Truck 21.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

Standing by at a fire scene. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

In the fire prevention parade, October of 1970. Jack Connors photo

On July 7, 1970, a 5-11 Alarm fire at 1750 N. Ashland Avenue resulted in the death of CFD Firefighter John Walsh when a wall fell onto a Snorkel. These next two images show Big John (6-7-3) deployed at that fire.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

The fire was at 1750 N. Ashland Avenue, a 5-11 which caused the LODD of CFD FF John Walsh. Larry Walsh photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

Big John deployed in July of 1970 at a 5-11 Alarm fire where CFD FF John Walsh was killed. Larry Walsh photo

From the Chicago Park District website:

Walsh Park occupies the former site of a vacant building destroyed in a spectacular and deadly fire on July 7, 1970. Firefighter John P. Walsh, Jr. (1923-1970), for whom this West Town park is named, died five weeks after being critically injured while fighting the stubborn blaze. Walsh had served as a United States Marine before joining the Chicago Fire Department in 1951. He had been assigned to Hook & Ladder Company 44. Several months after Walsh’s death, the Dana Civic Organization requested that the Chicago Park District develop the fire-scarred site as a neighborhood park. The park district had acquired the 2-acre property by the end of 1972, with the help of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Improvements began the following year. The 2-acre park includes playground equipment, an athletic field, basketball hoops, and a sand box.

From the Illinois Fire Service Institute:

NAME: John Walsh
AGENCY: Chicago Fire Department
RANK: Firefighter TYPE OF FIREFIGHTER:Career
AGE RANGE: 46 to 50 GENDER: Male
DATE OF DEATH: 8/16/1970 DATE OF BIRTH:Unknown
CAUSE OF DEATH: Struck by object   
NATURE OF DEATH: Trauma   
ATTRIBUTE OF DEATH: [not applicable]
TYPE OF DUTY: Aerial apparatus operations  Firefighting operations   Hose operations  
INCIDENT CITY:Chicago INCIDENT STATE: IL
DATE OF INCIDENT: 7/6/1970
TIME OF INCIDENT: Unknown
INCIDENT LOCATION TYPE:Vacant property   
INCIDENT ATTRIBUTE:Structural collapses     Fires    
INCIDENT SUMMARY:On July 6, 1970, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter John “Jack” Walsh, Jr., was fatally injured when a seven-story wall collapsed during a fire at a vacant building on N. Ashland Avenue. Walsh and Firefighter Edward Werderitch were operating hose lines several stories above the street in a snorkel basket when the wall collapsed on them. Walsh was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital intensive care unit where he was treated for multiple skull and internal injuries. He died five weeks later on August 16, 1970, as a result of the injuries he sustained at the scene.Citations:“Wall Falls; Two Firemen Hurt,” Chicago Tribune, July 8, 1970.

Philip Caputo, “Smoke Hides Fear of a Tough Fireman,” Chicago Tribune, July 9, 1970.

Robert Unger, “Wall Cave-In Injury Kills City Fireman,” Chicago Tribune, August 17, 1970.

“Mass Planned Tomorrow for City Fireman,” Chicago Tribune, August 18, 1970.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3 Big John

On display at the Chicago Fire Academy. photographer and date unknown

The beginning of this series can be found HERE.

Previous articles on Big John are HERE and HERE.

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt 18)

Another installment on the history of turret wagons in the Chicago Fire Department from Jack Connors. Images depict Big Mo as it was on two different chassis. It was assigned as 6-7-2 originally on a 1953 International 6×6 chassis which was painted black over red. This unit carried shop #G-248. It was later remounted onto 1957 GMC 6×6 chassis in the blue and white colors of the Civil Defense carrying shop #G-157 .

Images from Jack’s collection are featured from Ken Little and George Brown in addition to Jack’s own photos.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

Big Mo seen here working at a 5-11 Alarm fire with specials in June of 1969 at 14th and Indiana. George Brown photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

Big Mo 6-7-2 was built by the CFD shops on a 1953 International 6×6 chassis. George Brown photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

BIg Mo 6-7-2 at Engine 13′s house. George Brown photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

The first version of Big Mo at 66th & State. George Brown photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

Big Mo in the fire prevention week parade in October of 1970. Jack Connor photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-2, known as Big Mo at Engine 42′s house. George Brown photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon Big Mo 6-7-2

Unknown date and location with the second Big Mo at a fire scene. Ken Little photo

 

The previous post in this series is HERE.
An earlier post showing Big Mo 6-7-2 is HERE.

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New book featuring northern Illinois fire departments

Tim Olk’s book entitled  Northern Illinois Fire Ground Photography is almost here!

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Historic fire: Goldblatt’s fire in Mt Prospect, 1977 (pt3)

Images from Steve Redick from the Goldblatt’s Department Store fire in the winter of 1977.

Glenbrook FPD Pierce Snorkel working at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

American LaFrance Aero Chief Snorkel at fire scene

Steve Redick photo

fire trucks at bitter cold winter fire

Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt 15)

We have more history to share on the Chicago Fire Department Turret Wagons. Images come from Jack Connors and his collection featuring units built on the Willy’s Jeep chassis.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-2

Chicago Turret Wagon 6-7-2 prior to completion outside of the Civil Defense house on Wells Street. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-4

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-4 during a Fire Prevention Week parade on State Street. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-4

X-CFD 6-7-4 near 55th and Luna after being sold by the city to a private individual. Jack Connors photo

Chicago Fire Department Fog Pressure Unit

CFD Jeep Pressure Unit 1, 1959 Willy’s Jeep/Shops built (6-7-1) at Engine 4′s house . Ken Little photo

Chicago Fire Department Fog Pressure Unit

Chicago FD Jeep Pressure Unit 1. Warren Redick photo

Chicago Jeep Pressure Unit 6-7-1

Chicago FD 6-7-1 after a repaint. Formerly this was all red and lettered as Jeep Pressure 1. Jack Connors photo

The previous installment in this series can be found HERE.

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