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At the Mayor’s Breakfast held Saturday, April 30th, Mayor Helmer presented Chief Gould with the PROSPECT HEIGHTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award for his 49 years of service to the city as a member of the fire department.

Highlights of Chief Gould’s service with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District include:
• Started in 1967 as volunteer firefighter cadet when in high school
• Attended Oklahoma State University’s School of Fire Protection
• Rose through the ranks as firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and assistant fire chief
• Appointed as the fire chief in 1988
• Hired as first full-time employee of the fire district in 2000
• Hired the first full-time staff in 2001
• Instrumental in starting paramedic service for Prospect Heights in 1985
• Remodeled and expanded the main fire station in 1991
• Opened the east-side fire station in 2006
• Obtained over $1,800,000 in federal and state grants
• Modernized the entire fleet of vehicles to include the purchase and replacement of ambulances and fire trucks
• Has maintained a healthy, financially sound organization with limited debt and a balanced budget for the past 27 years
• Currently maintains 9 firefighters on duty 24/7/365

Congratulations Chief Gould!

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Prospect Heights Box Alarm, 11-3-14 (more)

The Chicago Tribune has a followup article to yesterday’s house fire in Prospect Heights where authorities originally thought a 14 year old boy was trapped.

A 14-year-old boy faces felony arson charges after a morning fire at his Prospect Heights home injured his parents and an officer, police said.

The teen also faces three counts of aggravated arson in connection with the three injuries, said Prospect Heights Police Chief Jamie Dunne. He is not being identified because he has been charged as a juvenile.

Around 3:30 a.m. a fire was reported in the 1200 block of Stratford Road, according to Mark Oeltgen, battalion chief for the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District. The rest of the family, the parents and three other children, escaped. The fire engulfed the single-family house. Crews from 20 fire departments worked hours to control the fire, which also shut down nearby roads, police said. The house is a total loss, police said.

The boy’s father told the first police officer who arrived that the teen was still inside. The officer searched the boy’s bedroom but did not find him, police said. That officer, along with the boy’s mother, were both hospitalized for smoke inhalation at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. They were treated and released, police said. The boy’s father also injured his hand trying to get back in the house but initially refused treatment until the boy was found, Dunne said. The boy’s three siblings were not injured.

After firefighters could not locate him in the house, police declared it a missing person case. The boy was found by Arlington Heights police around 9 a.m. Monday, Dunne said. Arlington Heights patrol officers went to an apartment complex on West Euclid Avenue because of a “suspicious person” report. The missing teen identified himself to police, said Capt. Mike Hernandez of the Arlington Heights police.

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