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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-16-17 (more)

More om the 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-16-17 from Steve Redick:

firefighters with master stream at warehouse fire

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Chicago FD Chaplain Father Thomas Mulcrone

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-16-17

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here are a few late photos of the 3-11 at 3323 W. Augusta this morning (6/16/17). The 3-11 Alarm was struck out by 4-1-1, Father Mulcrone.

Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Snorkel

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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Snorkel

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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Snorkel

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Chicago FD Chaplain Father Thomas Mulcrone

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Chicago FD Air Mask Service Unit 646

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large vacant commercial building fire in Chicago

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large vacant commercial building fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Engine 57 feeds Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23 and master streams deployed

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Of interest … CFD Chaplain Father Tom

From nhl.com:

Blackhawks Everyday Hero Father Tom Mulcrone serves as the Chaplain to the Chicago Fire Department

 

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from dnainfo.com:

The Rev. Thomas Mulcrone plans to retire June 30 as chaplain for the Chicago Fire Department after three decades on the job.

Mulcrone, 65, said he didn’t know why he wasn’t asked to take another assignment by the Archdiocese of Chicago. After all, most associate pastors are reassigned every 5-7 years, and parish priests typically move after 12 years, he said.

“Nobody bothered to ever ask,” Mulcrone said about his prolonged tenure as chaplain — an assignment originally slated for just three years. His replacement has yet to be named.

Mulcrone will remain a priest and continue to minister at St. Mary of Providence. He resides on the grounds of the Catholic facility that serves women with developmental delays at 4200 N. Austin Ave. in Portage Park.

Hailing from law enforcement family, Mulcrone will soon give up being on call 24 hours a day for the fire department. He added that he’s seen 20 line-of-duty deaths in his time as fire department chaplain.

“Sadly, I’ve had to ring too many doorbells in the middle of the night,” he said. “A little piece of your heart and soul is ripped out when your brother falls.”

Among the many lessons he’s learned on the job is that there are no words to say when consoling a grieving family. Instead, it’s better to be a good listener than a good talker in such situations.

“I think Fr. Tom realized that a cup of coffee at the kitchen table at the firehouse was the most powerful tool in the box. He has been there for every member of the department that needed him,” said Bill Sullivan, a director of the widows’ and children’s fund.

Eileen Coglianese is president of the Chicago Fire Department’s Gold Badge Society. The group is comprised of the families of firefighters and paramedics who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. The group was founded Feb. 17, 1991, and Coglianese said it was Mulcrone who suggested it.

For his part, Mulcrone described his life’s work as catering the needs of a big parish on wheels. He said he’ll miss the men and women of the fire department and said the greatest lesson he learned over the years is embodied in their work.

“Giving of yourself is the greatest gift you have to give,” he said.

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Chicago Fire Department news

News from CFD Chaplain Fr. Tom Mulcrone:

BACK, LOOKING AHEAD
When Cardinal Bernardin in 1987 named me as the Chaplain of the Chicago Fire Department his letter of appointment stated that there was a term of office of 3 years for this position, renewable upon review. No one ever bothered to call regarding that review. So, thirty years later I look back proudly and happily at all that has happened in my years as your Chaplain, grateful that the good Cardinal forgot about that letter.
And it has been quite a ride!
There have been moments of incredible joy and satisfaction that have made these years a delight. Truly, I have been blessed beyond words. But there have also been those times of tragedy and great sadness, especially when one of our own had fallen. Yet through it all I knew I was loved and supported by so many who stood by my side, always encouraging me. And, of course, I knew and trusted in the unconditional love of God who always saw me through the good and the bad. How truly blessed I have been on this journey.
Over the past year I have taken a lot of time to consider this road I have been on and how I want so much to go forward living my life to the full. Through prayer and the wise counsel of trusted family and friends I have decided that the time has come for me to retire as the Chaplain of this great fire department. The decision has not been arrived at easily – in some ways it’s frightening beyond words. To let go of something you love to do – work that is both meaningful and exciting at the same time – is still difficult for me to comprehend. The most difficult part of all this is having to say goodbye to all of you – the members, the retirees, the families. I have counted the fires, the emergency responses and all the runs I responded to – but I cannot quantify the incredible moments and events I have shared with so many of you.
This decision, as I have noted, has been a difficult one but the right one. I have my health and my wits about me (some might debate that point) and I will be retiring on my terms. Also, it will be good for the CFD to experience the ministry of a new Chaplain who can bring a fresh perspective and greater energy to this important work. To that end I am working with the Archdiocese to ensure that my successor be the right person for this vital ministry.
I will continue as the Chaplain until June 30 of this year – my “last day.” After that, I will take a 3 month sabbatical out of state to allow myself time to renew and regenerate and also afford the new Chaplain the opportunity to get to know all of you without the likes of me getting in the way. Of course, I won’t be completely walking away. I have made too many deep and abiding friendships to just slam the door; I look forward to enjoying the blessings of your friendship in retirement.
What else can I say but THANK YOU for 30 incredible years. I have been and, God willing, will continue to be the luckiest priest in Chicago – all because of you.

Fr. Tom

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 5-14-00

This from Eric Haak:

I thought I would share these vintage images from a 3-11 alarm on May 14, 2000.  The fire was at 71st and Wabash and the images were scanned from original negatives that I own.  The images were taken by a Sun-Times photographer but I do not have a name.  They were in very poor shape and I had to spend a lot of time editing out the scratches, however you can see that I did not get to all of them yet.  I’m sure there are some faces that many will identify, including a slightly younger Father Mulcrone.

vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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firefighter getting oxygen at fire scene

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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vintage Chicago firefighters at fire scene

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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vintage fire scene photo from Chicago

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firefighter getting oxygen at fire scene

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Chicago FD Commissioner James Joyce

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-23-06

This from Larry Shapiro:

Here are some shots from a 3-11 Alarm fire 10 years ago this week (11-23-06) at 2517 W. Devon Ave

Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

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Firefighter guiding hose into doorway

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Firefighters carry hose line up ladder

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Firefighters connect hard suction hose to hydrant

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Firefighter with dirty face in Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Chaplain Fr Mulcrone

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Chicago FD District Chief Ben Gareti

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Chicago FD Commissioner Raymond Orozco

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Retired CFD FF remembered by many

Excerpts from the ChicagoSun-Times.com:

When Tom Raychek was found dead Nov. 24 in his mobile home in Belvidere, it was thought he was alone in the world.

But as news of the 64-year-old retired firefighter’s death hit Facebook, many Chicago Fire Department “brothers” and “sisters” recognized his name and photo. They posted stories of his courage and generosity. They networked to offer help with funeral services. Thousands across the country shared Facebook posts about him.

He had volunteered at the grueling recovery of bodies at a 1994 plane crash in Roselawn, Indiana, which claimed 68 lives. He helped out at Misericordia and he cleaned up a firefighters’ memorial at Rosehill Cemetery.

His former battalion chief, Bill Kugelman, said Mr. Raychek told him he spent part of his childhood at a foster care facility. That experience led him to collect toys for needy kids.

It turns out that Mr. Raychek did have relatives out of state. They were located by the Boone County Coroner’s office and Belvidere Police. His relatives are in the process of making funeral arrangements. Two groups, Ignite the Spirit and the Fire Chaplains’ Ministry Fund, stand ready to help with costs if there is need, Chicago Fire Department chaplain Thomas Mulcrone said.

“He was a great guy, and an excellent fireman,” Mulcrone said.

After Mr. Raychek retired about 15 years ago, he lost touch with many department colleagues. Some thought he had moved to Wisconsin. But for the last five years or so, he had been living at Greenview Estates in Belvidere, said Kelli Gavril Goodmonson, a manager of the mobile home community. “He was incredibly nice, always smiling,” she said.

She checked on him Nov. 24 after neighbors reported they hadn’t seen him. “He had a wheelchair and a cane. He could get around in his house, but he couldn’t go far,” Goodmonson said. “The wheelchair and cane had been sitting outside for about a week.” She and a maintenance manager found him inside his home. Mr. Raychek was pronounced dead of natural causes.

Goodmonson knew he was a firefighter. She had seen an old newspaper photo on his wall that showed Mr. Raychek rescuing a baby at a North Side blaze and carrying the child down a ladder. When he found out her son was a Fire Explorer, he talked about his career and told her his superiors were angry that the photo showed that he had raced up the ladder without proper gear.

Not knowing he had relatives, she posted an item about him on Facebook with the rescue photo. “I just wanted to say something nice about him. He was just a wonderful person,” Goodmonson said.

The post started circulating among friends, friends of friends and firefighters. “The whole thing went viral Monday night.”  Some recognized him and recalled his kindness and dedication.

“All the brotherhood, it’s just so amazing,” she said. “It’s so solid and unconditional.”

In her post, she repeated what she had heard from a county official: that he had been a foundling. But Mr. Raychek, in a 1993 interview, said he actually become a state ward around first grade because his parents couldn’t care for him.

He worked at Engine 89 on the Northwest Side, Truck 25 in Rogers Park, and Engine 69 at Irving and Tripp, fire officials said. He finished his career at a mobile command van at O’Hare Airport.

Mr. Raychek was among about 20 Chicago firefighters to help authorities in Roselawn when American Eagle Flight 4184 went down on an Indianapolis-to-Chicago run. “On their own time, on their own dime, he went out to Roselawn,” Mulcrone said. For several days, “They did the body recovery, all the mapping.”

When Ron Howard was filming the 1991 movie “Backdraft” in Chicago, Kugelman thought the director was going to shoot a scene at a firefighters’ memorial at Rosehill. Kugelman sought help from colleagues to refurbish the monument.  “Tommy was one of them, and they cleaned the place up for me and cut the bushes down,” Kugelman said. Howard wound up filming elsewhere, but “Tom was on the monument cleaning it for me with soap and water. These guys cleaned it up like it was brand new.”

Mr. Raychek donated gifts at Christmas to the Lakeview Learning Center for the developmentally disabled. “He was always doing stuff like that,” Kugelman said. “Misericordia, he was always going over. He just had a good, soft heart,” his former chief said.

“We have an honor guard lined up,” Mulcrone said. “We have bagpipers ready to go.”

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Chicago park dedicated to fallen firefighters

Excerpts from the Chicago Tribune:

On Thursday morning, Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick King and Firefighter Anthony Lockhart – who died fighting a fire on Feb. 11, 1998 – were recalled at the scene of their deaths. They died fighting a fire in the Beverly Tire Store when the roof collapsed. That site is now home to a park named for the men and that’s where the King Lockhart Memorial Statue was dedicated on a bitterly cold morning.

King’s widow, Gina … her thoughts are seldom far from what happened that night at 10615 S. Western Ave. “It seems like it happened last month. Time, they say, heals all wounds. That’s not true,” said Gina, who still wears a necklace bearing a smaller version of her husband’s badge, No. 1407.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago called the statue and park reminders “that despite the training and the best equipment available at the time, things can go wrong and do go wrong. This is a dangerous job. We strive to have everyone go home safely. It doesn’t always work out that way. Some described this fire as a routine alarm, but we in the fire service know nothing is routine in this job. There are many places in this city where firefighters lost their lives. This land is unique because it became a park.”

… the park has walking paths and a couple benches – along with bronze boots where each man’s body was found –

The statue by sculptor Marshall Svendsen serves as “a reminder of what firefighters and paramedics are all about. It’s not about them, it’s about others,” said the Rev. Thomas Mulcrone, chaplain of the Chicago Fire Department.

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