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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

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The Village of Oak Lawn let go of Fire Chief Michael Mavrogeorge on Thursday due to budget constraints, which they attributed to lost revenue caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

Randy Palmer, who has been serving dual roles as Oak Lawn’s police chief and acting village manager, said they looked at numerous options to cut costs to avoid losing staff, including capital expenditures and equipment cuts. Village officials held several meetings with the collective bargaining units for the fire, police, public works, and jail attendant unions, which were not productive.

The village has also eliminated some non-union positions, reportedly eight in total, so the village can make it through the loss of revenue it will face in the coming months, and possibly years to come. At the last Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on May 12, trustees and the mayor discussed a budget shortfall ranging from $8 million to $10 million

“I wish we didn’t have to pay $4 million in overtime to one department,” the mayor said, referring to the firefighters’ union. “But it is what it is. The problem is we have so few options because of agreements with the firefighter’s union.”

Oak Lawn Deputy Fire Chief Zachary Riddle will serve as the acting fire chief. According to the 2019 employee compensation report posted on the village website, Mavrogeorge earned a salary of $141,496, or $164,171 including healthcare and other benefits. Riddle’s total compensation package in 2019 was $215,603, which included his $130,987 annual salary.

Mavrogeorge was reportedly taken off guard by the termination of his contract. He was not offered a severance package, but medical insurance coverage was extended to other village employees that have been laid off.

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Oak Lawn Fire Department news

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A fire forced several residents out of their homes in Oak Lawn early Friday with some escaping by jumping out of windows.

The Oak Lawn Fire Department was called around 12 a.m. to an apartment building near the intersection of West 93rd Street and South Harlem Avenue. Fire officials said the fire was on the second floor and that a number of residents were hanging out of their windows.

“A couple of people actually jumped into their arms and had to be helped down the ladders,” Oak Lawn Fire Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said. “Two other residents were rescued from another apartment on the first floor. 

Fire officials said the cause of the fire was unclear and remained under investigation.

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Several people had to be rescued and more than one dozen are displaced after a fire tore through an apartment building in Oak Lawn.

The fire started around midnight Friday in the 9300 block of South Harlem Avenue and when firefighters arrived some people were trapped on the second-floor. Crews used ladders to save at least seven people.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but no serious injuries were reported.

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