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Excerpts from the NorthwestHerald.com:

After every fire and live-fire training exercise, Huntley firefighters use a $4,700 taxpayer-funded sauna at one of the district’s three firehouses. The three Sunlighten infrared saunas were bought with money from the district’s foreign fire insurance tax fund.

The infrared sauna puts the body into a fever state, where radical cells such as cancer cannot survive. Within an hour of a fire or live fire training, Huntley firefighters complete a gross decontamination at the scene, return to the firehouse for a shower, hit the sauna, then take another shower.

For more than a year, the Huntley Fire Protection District has used saunas in hopes of sweating out cancer-causing toxins – although there is little medical research on the topic. Cancer is the leading cause of death in firefighters outside of the line of duty, surpassing heart disease, according to the International Association of Firefighters.

Before the extensive decontamination process was instituted, you could smell products of combustion at the firehouse. Now it’s rarely noticeable. “If you can smell it, you’re breathing it in,” Huntley Assistant Fire Chief Al Schlick said, adding that chemicals are very common in burning materials these days.

Firefighters admit that there is not yet a lot of science backing up what they believe are the cancer-preventing benefits of sauna use.

Huntley is one of several departments in Illinois to buy saunas for this use, and it’s the first in McHenry County. Fire departments in Indianapolis and Toronto also have them.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

An overnight house fire injured two Lake in the Hills residents Sunday. The Huntley Fire Protection District responded to a reported structure fire about 3:45 a.m. in the first block of Newbury Court, Lake in the Hills.

When firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, Battalion Chief Mike Pierce said. Two residents were home at the time. They were out of the house when responders arrived at the scene, and they were flown to a Rockford hospital with injuries, Pierce said.

The house has been deemed uninhabitable, but a damage estimate was not available Sunday. Crews cleared the scene about 9:30 a.m.

Fire officials heard a report that the residents had dogs, but the animals had not been found Sunday morning, Pierce said.

The Huntley Fire Protection District, state fire marshal and Lake in the Hills Police Department are investigating the fire.

Fire crews from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Fox River Grove, Woodstock, West Dundee, Hampshire, Crystal Lake, and Rutland-Dundee assisted.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

Former Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle who resigned last year was the subject of an internal investigation for unauthorized moonlighting as a local police officer and for spending tens of thousands of dollars in public funds on items of questionable use to the department, according to records obtained by the Northwest Herald.
 
He was chief of the Huntley Fire Protection District from November 2012 until August and bought a long list of items, including a drone, a $7,000 robot, and an estimated $14,000 engraver. But the district said it does not know the exact cost of 54 flagged items he bought over a period of years. Some items seem to apply to more police-oriented work than others, such as an armor bearing duty vest, ballistics, handcuff restraints, tactical jackets and belts, and a taser recertification course.
 

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Former Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Ken Caudle’s retirement will leave him unable to collect a pension for 11 years. He was put on administrative leave in the summer  and continued to get his $119,240 salary until he retired from the district Jan. 5.

The 49-year-old had 17 years and eight months of credible service with the district, Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said. According to Illinois pension law, if a firefighter serves less than
20 years, he or she cannot receive a pension until age 60.

Ravagnie said Caudle will not receive any benefits from the district in retirement, and his retirement agreement did not include any financial aspects.

?Before he stepped down, Caudle’s new contract took effect in May and was set to run through April 2020, district documents show. When he resigned as chief and asked to return to the rank of battalion chief, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019, according to documents.

Former Fire Chief Jim Saletta, who now is a district trustee, previously said the board would vote on Caudle’s retirement contract at its meeting Tuesday. Saletta said he was misled, and the district will not vote on the contract. The district’s attorney said the board is not required to vote on retirements.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

Former Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Ken Caudle, who was put on administrative leave in the summer, has retired from the district.

The former fire chief continued to get his $119,240 salary while on leave until he retired Jan. 5, Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said, “the case is closed.”.

Caudle resigned as fire chief Aug. 15 and returned to the rank of battalion chief before being placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. 

Former Fire Chief Jim Saletta, who now is a district trustee, said the fire district’s board is meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the annex building, 11118 Main St., to vote on Caudle’s retirement.

The Northwest Herald submitted a Freedom of Information Act request Thursday seeking all documents regarding the investigation into Caudle.

 

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Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Huntley Fire Protection District firefighters responded shortly after 1:30 p.m. to a report of a possible explosion and fire at the home in the 1000 block of Grayhawk Drive in Algonquin, where firefighters found heavy smoke, but no active fire.

A resident, 72-year-old Rosemary Schwieger, was found in the home, where she was pronounced dead at 2:21 p.m. An autopsy to determine her cause of death was scheduled for Monday afternoon. No foul play was suspected.

Another female suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening and was taken to Centegra Hospital Huntley. A third person was treated and released at the scene.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation by the Huntley Fire Protection District, Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office and the Algonquin Police Department.

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Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Scott Ravagnie will earn $140,000 a year in his new position. He was sworn in Tuesday after a village board meeting where his contract was approved. He is replacing former Chief Ken Caudle.

Ravagnie’s contract began Nov. 1, runs until April 30, 2019, and gives him 30 days of vacation each year, 10 sick days, and 3 bereavement days.

He will earn a base salary of $140,000, and on May 1, 2018, the board will review his salary based on consumer price index and merit. He previously earned $132,500 as deputy chief.

As fire chief, Caudle’s salary was $149,074 for the 2017-18 budget year. The district is conducting an ongoing investigation about Caudle into something officials won’t talk about. He submitted a letter of resignation to the board Aug. 11, returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief, and was placed on administrative leave. He continues to earn a salary of $119,240 while on leave.

Moving past an ongoing investigation into Caudle is one of Ravagnie’s goals for the district. He also hopes to find a new location for the district’s main station and will be looking at response times for the residents.

Ravagnie must inform the board of his intent to seek secondary employment outside of the district and must devote his time, energy, and attention to serving as chief. He is allowed to continue ownership and services of Kona Ice, a truck he helps his wife Sherry run that sells gourmet frozen treats.

The district will provide Ravagnie with a vehicle and pay for insurance, fuel, maintenance, and repair. He also is required to complete the Fire Officer III program by April 30, 2019.

Ravagnie has worked for the district since 1992, moving up the ranks over the years. He grew up in Huntley and has lived there since 1986.

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Excerpts from the NorthwestHerald.com:

Trustees of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board approved the promotion of acting Chief Scott Ravagnie to chief at a special meeting Thursday night after the resignation of former Chief Ken Caudle.

Ravagnie has worked for the district since 1992, moving up the ranks over the years. He grew up in Huntley and has lived there since 1986. A promotional ceremony will be held for Ravagnie at the board’s next scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

Moving past an ongoing investigation into Caudle is one of Ravagnie’s goals for the district. He also hopes to find a new location for the district’s main station and will be looking at response times.

Caudle continues to earn a salary of $119,240 while on leave. The Huntley Fire Protection District is conducting an ongoing investigation into something officials won’t talk about. He submitted a letter of resignation to the board Aug. 11, returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief, and was placed on administrative leave.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

Former Fire Chief Ken Caudle continues to earn a salary while the Huntley Fire Protection District conducts an ongoing investigation into something officials won’t talk about.

Huntley Fire Protection District board members did not share any information about Caudle’s status at Tuesday’s board meeting. Trustees met in closed session where attorney Joe Miller gave updates. 

Miller said the board is looking into some matters, and when it is an appropriate time for things to come out, it will be known to the public at that time. He advised the board to not speak about any current or former employees.

Caudle continues to receive a salary of $119,240 while on leave, Acting Chief Scott Ravagnie previously told the Northwest Herald.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation as chief to the board Aug. 11. He returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In Caudle’s letter of resignation, he wrote that after a long discussion with his family, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019. Caudle’s current contract expires April 30, 2020. Caudle has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years.

Former Trustee Joseph Mahoney of Algonquin asked whether Caudle still was on the payroll, which Miller would not answer.

Former Deputy Chief Keith Mallegni asked whether Caudle was being paid while sitting at home and whether there was an investigation ongoing.

“How long is this process going to take? Because the way I understand it is they are trying to wait for the next two years so he gets his 20-year pension,” Mallegni said.

The next scheduled meeting is Nov. 28.

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Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District’s acting fire chief remained tight-lipped on the status of former Fire Chief Ken Caudle after a closed session meeting Tuesday.

Trustees, along with acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie, Deputy Chief Albert Schlick and district lawyers, met for an hour in closed session to talk about the “appointment, employment, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees,” according to the meeting’s agenda. They did not take any action after the closed session.

Ravagnie said he was unable to comment on the status of the investigation, when the district will make a decision regarding Caudle’s employment and what was discussed during Tuesday’s meeting.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation as chief to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 11, stating that after a long discussion with his family, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019. Caudle’s current contract expires April 30, 2020.

He returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Caudle’s contract stipulates giving the department two weeks’ notice, and he wrote that he was willing to stay on as chief until a replacement could be found.

“I assure you that my decision did not come lightly, especially since my tenure as Chief with the District has been both fulfilling and rewarding,” he wrote in the letter. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as Fire Chief to the community, the members and the Board.”

Officials have not said what they are investigating and Caudle continues to receive a salary of $119,240 while on leave. He has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years.

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