Posts Tagged Jack Connors

As seen around … Chicago (more)

Photos from the Chicagoareafire.com files of Chicago Engine 92

Chicago FD Engine 92

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 92

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 92

John Tulipano photo

Chicago FD Engine 92

Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Engine 92

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Engine 92 - 2001 Freightliner FL106/American LaFrance 1500/500

Chicago FD Engine 92 – 2001 Freightliner FL106/American LaFrance 1500/500. Larry Shapiro photo

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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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Elk Grove buys new tower ladder

The Elk Grove Village Fire Department has purchased a Pierce Velocity, 100′ rear-mount tower ladder from Pierce. The stock unit has a pump and water tank, a first for Elk Grove Village in many years.

Here are several of the previous trucks:

Mack Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

1970 Mack CF/Pirsch 100′ TDA. jack Connors photo

Mack Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

Jack Connors photo

Spartan Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

Elk Grove Village FD Truck 138 was a 1970 Mack CF/Pirsch 100′ TDA that was upgraded in 1987 with a new Spartan tractor. Jack Connors photo

Spartan Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

Larry Shapiro photo

1983 Emergency One aerial with a Spartan CFC chassis

Assigned as Truck 9, this was a 1983 Spartan CFD/Emergency One 110′ rear mount (0/0). Jack Connors photo

1983 Emergency One aerial with a Spartan CFC chassis

Delivery photo of the 1983 Spartan CFC/Emergency One 110′ 0/0 rear mount aerial. Larry Shapiro photo

In other news, Elk Grove will be purchasing an as of yet underdetermined type small squad to be housed with the new tower ladder at Station 7 as a jump company to handle EMS responses.

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Where are they now … Roberts Park & North Palos

More former Illinois fire trucks located in Mexico by Karl Klotz

North Palos FPD- Truck 804 (Mack CF)
Roberts Park FPD- Engine 309 (Ford/E-ONE)
US fire trucks in Mexico

Former engine from the Roberts Park FPD and a TeleSqurt from The North Palos PFD, both now in Mexico. photo from Flickr

A picture of ‘Estacion de Bomberos Iguala’, taken in Iguala de la Independencia in the state of Guerrero in Mexico.

Mack TeleSqurt fire truck

North Palos Truck 804. Jack Connors photo

Ford C-Series E-ONE fire engine

Roberts Park FPD Engine 30. Jack Connors photo

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Where are they now … Troy

This from Jeff Rudolph:

I found this on Kansas Fire Trucks.com serving the Soldier Township FPD
Tanker 71
1985 Pierce Arrow
GPM: 1,250
Gallons: 3,000
*Formerly served the Troy Fire Protection District in Shorewood, IL.
Jeff R

green fire truck photo

Soldier Township FPD (KS) Engine 71, formerly Troy Fire Protection District. Photo by Mark Engholm

Pierce Arrow pumper tanker fire engine

1985 Pierce Arrow fire engine at the Troy FPD in Illinois. Jack Connors photo

Pierce Arrow pumper tanker fire engine

1985 Pierce Arrow fire engine at the Troy FPD in Illinois. Bill Friedrich 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

Chicago Fire Department fire trucks

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 (pt19)

Saving the most impressive of the CFD turret wagons for the last, this article includes images from Jack Connors that show all sides and closeups of 6-7-3, otherwise known as Big John when it was new.

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

View of the rear and driver’s side in front of Engine 8’s house. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Overhead shot from the second floor. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Closeup of the hydraulic controls. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Hose inlets. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

View from the rear. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

The two guns as seen from the rear. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Hydraulic lift cylinder. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

On-board pump. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

On-board generator. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Another view of the two massive turrets. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Additional master streams could be deployed off the front bumper. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD turret wagon Big John 6-7-3

Impressive front end with chevron striping on the bumper. Jack Connors photo

The previous article in this series (pt 18) is HERE and an earlier post featuring Big John is 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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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt 17)

Another installment on the history of turret wagons in the Chicago Fire Department from Jack Connors. Images depict the 1976 Mack MB turret wagon that was assigned as 6-7-5 and 6-7-1.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 671

Lettered for 6-7-1 at a Chicago FD Muster and Flea Market. Jack Connort photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 671

Photographed in May of 1986 by Engine 42’s house on Illinois Avenue as 6-7-1. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 675

Another photo from July of 1977 as 6-7-5 sits on Illinois Avenue across from Engine 42’s house. Jack Connor photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 675

Photographed in July of 1977 at a community event held near 56th & Kedzie, Talman Federal Bank. Jack Connors

 

The previous post was HERE.

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt 16)

Another series of images from Jack Connors showing the CFD Turret Wagons that the shops built on the Chevy Scottsdale (C20) chassis. At one point there was one of these assigned to each of the six districts.

 

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 671 6-7-1

Turret Wagon 6-7-1 was fabricated in 1978 by the CFD Shops on a 1975 Chevy chassis. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 673 6-7-3

Turret Wagon 6-7-3. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Turret Wagon 6-7-4 during a FIre Prevention Week parade. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Turret Wagon 6-7-4 on a 1975 Chevy chassis. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

A view looking down at Turret Wagon 6-7-4. Jack Connors photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 674 6-7-4

Another view looking down at Turret Wagon 6-7-4. Jack Connors photo

More information on the history of CFD 6-7-4 in in an article HERE.

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 676 6-7-6

CFD Turret Wagon 6-7-6, built on a 1975 CHevy chassis, with boat 6-8-9 at the fire department shops in July of 1998. Jack Connors photo

More on 6-7-6 is HERE.

The previous article in this series can be viewed HERE.

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