Posts Tagged Palos Fire Protection District

New engine for Palos Fire Protection

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Palos Fire Protection District, IL 33305

Palos FPD Engine 6333

Pierce composite

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New engine for Palos Fire Protection

From Fire Apparatus Magazine:

The Palos Fire Protection District has ordered a Pierce Enforcer PUC 1500/500 pumper. Delivery in June.

thanks Ron

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Palos Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

The backbone of many fire departments in the 1950’s.  Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316, a 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750-1000.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
1955 Mack B85/Bean fire engine

Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316 – 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750/1000. Mike Summa photo

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New ambulance for Palos FPD

This from the Foster Coach Facebook page:

Brand new Horton on a Ford F550 chassis

Palos FPD ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

Palos FPD ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

chevron striping on rear of ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photo

new ambulance interior

Foster Coach Sales photo

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New engine for Palos FPD

This from Josh Boyajian:

I had an opportunity to shoot Palos’ new engine. It’s a 2015 Pierce Saber, with a 1,500-GPM pump,  750-gallon water tank, and carries Pierce Job #28519.
Enjoy,
Josh Boyajian
New fire engine for the Palos FPD

Palos Engine 6303 – 2015 Pierce Saber, 1500/750 so 28519. Josh Boyajian photo

Palos FPD decal

Josh Boyajian photo

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New engine for the Palos FPD

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here is a shot of Palos’ new engine @ Global. It’s on a new Saber chassis.

-Josh

New Pierce Saber engine for the Palos FPD

New Pierce Saber engine for the Palos FPD. Josh Boyajian photo

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Jail for theft from Palos Fire Protection District

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com about the culmination of events that began in December 2013:

An Oak Forest woman on Monday described as a “terrible mistake” stealing $352,000 from the Palos Heights Fire Protection District, where she worked as a part-time bookkeeper.

Michelle Sopko, 46, pleaded guilty to the embezzlement scheme and was sentenced to eight years in prison under a plea agreement accepted by a Cook County judge. After she pleaded to one count of theft of government property valued at more than $100,000, Sopko was immediately taken into custody, waving goodbye to family members in the courtroom before being escorted out.

Prosecutors said Sopko stole money from the fire district via 177 separate transactions over a 30-month period from 2009 through 2012 — paying herself overtime that she didn’t accrue and wasn’t eligible to receive.  She worked for the Palos Heights Fire District for four years before being fired in December 2012 after the fire chief discovered that she had signed the district treasurer’s name on a check without the treasurer’s knowledge or consent.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mike O’Malley said Sopko also created two “ghost” employees, including one who was a former fire district employee, and diverted their salaries to her bank account, with the money going for food, clothing, mortgage payments, home repairs and travel. He said the thefts began in May 2009, shortly after Sopko persuaded the district’s former chief to allow her to handle the district payroll. As soon as she took on those duties, “she began stealing,” he said.

O’Malley said that while the Sopkos’ combined income stayed “stagnant” at about $100,000 a year, a review of their bank records and credit card statements showed that their spending soared after the embezzlement began. Spending that was just under $90,000 in 2009, the year Michelle began working for the fire district, jumped to $177,000 in 2010, $187,000 in 2011 and $211,000 in 2012, he said.

Money went toward everyday items including groceries, clothing and mortgage payments but also allowed the family to “travel wherever and whenever they wanted,” O’Malley said, citing trips to Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

O’Malley said that because of the embezzlement, the Palos Heights district is facing penalties and fines levied by the IRS and had to take a loan to buy a piece of firefighting equipment rather than use available cash.

The couple was arrested in December 2013, but Michelle Sopko had previously insisted her husband wasn’t involved in the scheme. He was a deputy fire chief in Oak Forest and was later stripped of those duties, but he still holds the rank of lieutenant in the department. He is also on the park district board in that city.

The district last month sued Sopko in an effort to recoup the stolen money. In an email, Conway said Sopko has admitted to the allegations in that lawsuit, and the district is accepting the partial payment “in light of Ms. Sopko’s admission to the district that she no longer possesses the stolen funds and in light of her representation that she does not have the financial resources to make an entire repayment.”

The sentence didn’t require that Sopko make the fire district whole for the theft, but O’Malley said Sopko’s family members, including her mother, have offered restitution in the amount of $120,000. Sean Conway, an attorney for the Palos Heights district, said it expects to receive a payment of $60,000 this week and subsequent annual payments of $15,000 for the next four years.

Sopko was motivated “by greed” and engineered a “systematic and calculated theft,” O’Malley said, adding that “she has earned every day she is going to spend” in prison.

thanks Dan

Previous posts on this subject are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Area apparatus on order

From Ron Wolkoff:

  • Wheaton Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel FR PUC cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
  • Northbrook Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Impel cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 400-hp engine; 1,500-gpm single-stage pump; UPF Poly 500-gallon tank; Will-Burt Chief light tower; Harrison 6-kW generator. Delivery in May 2015
  • Mount Prospect Fire Department, ordered a Pierce pumper; Quantum cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 450-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in January 2015
  • Evanston Fire Department, ordered a Pierce, 100-foot tractor drawn aerial; Arrow XT cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Harrison 8-kW generator. Delivery in August 2015
  • East Dundee and Countryside Fire Protection District, ordered an Alexis pumper; Spartan Metro Star cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Waterous CX 1,500-gpm pump; Pro Poly 500-gallon polypropylene tank; Smart Power Liberator 10-kW electrical/5-kW hydraulic generator/rescue power system for rescue tools. Delivery in May 2015
  • Rockford Fire Department, ordered two Pierce pumpers; Saber PUC cabs and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engines; PUC 1,500-gpm single-stage pumps; UPF Poly 750-gallon tanks. 30-gallon foam cells; Akron eductor 3096-95 Class A foam systems. Delivery in January 2015
  • Itasca Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Velocity cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 500-hp engine; Waterous S100 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank; Harrison 10-kW generator. Delivery in February 2015
  • Chicago Ridge Fire Department, ordered an E-ONE 78’Quint; chassis
  • Huntley Fire Protection District, ordered a Pierce pumper; Enforcer cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 380-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 750-gallon tank. Delivery in July 2015

From Josh Boyajian:

  • Geneva Fire Department – Pierce Enforcer pumper, 1500/750/30. Delivery in May
  • Glencoe Fire Department – E-One Typhoon pumper, 2000/530. Delivery in September
  • Hometown FPD – E-ONE Typhoon pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
  • North Palos FPD – E-ONE Cyclone II pumper, 1500/530. Delivery in September
  • Palos FPD – Pierce Saber pumper, 1500/750. Delivery in June
  • Stickney Fire Department – Horton Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis . Delivery in March
  • Homer FPD – Road Rescue Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
  • Aurora Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type I Ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis
  • Melrose Park Fire Department – Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis
  • Gurnee Fire Department – Road Rescue Type I Ultramedic ambulance. Delivery this summer.
  • Bloomingdale FPD – E-ONE 95′ RM tower ladder on a Cyclone II chassis

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Web site updates

The following updates have made to the site:

Division 12:

Freightliner ambulance

Division 19:

IHC Terra Star ambulance

Pierce Velocity aerial ladder truck

E-ONE fire engine

Division 1:

Arlington Heights ambulance

Division 22:

  • Crestwood – added Ambulance 2342 and Car 2311

Division 10:

  • Hinsdale – added new Engine 1012 which replaced the Spartan/3D engine
Pierce Saber fire engine for Hinsdale IL

Hinsdale Engine 1012 is a 2014 Pierce Saber 1500/750. Drew Gresik photo

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Palos FPD apparatus updates (more)

Images from Karl Klotz of the new truck and ambulance for the Palos FPD.

ambulance photo

Palos Ambulance 6302 is a 2013 Ford F450/Marque Type I. Karl Klotz photo

Pierce Velocity ladder truck

The new Truck 6304 is a 2014 Pierce Velocity 0/0 105′ rear mount. Karl Klotz photo

The truck was featured HERE.

 

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