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House fire in Clinton, WI 81/31/7

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Was on my way home from Monroe Wis at the fire school. Just passing Rockford, Clinton FPD pulled a Mabas Box Alarm for a house fire. Upon arrival they found heavy smoke pushing from the C&D corner, which was a back porch  right off the kitchen. The building was a 2 1/2-story, wood frame house about 30×50.

Being a balloon-frame, fire was already on floors 1 and 2 and in the attic. One firefighter and the state fire marshal were called to the scene.

heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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HME fire truck at fire scene

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firefighters at house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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heavy smoke from attic during a house fire

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-15-17

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Engine 47 landed at 6416 S. Cottage Grove Avenue at about 4:50 Saturday morning (7/15) and reported heavy fire on the second floor and through the roof and asked for the box. Ten minutes later, Battalion 5 reported they had heavy fire through the roof and that they were completely defensive. It was elevated to a 2-11 a few minutes later. There was a 2-11 in the building next door on July 8, 2012 and pictures of that incident can be seen in the archives of this site.

Chicago fire trucks at a 2-11 alarm fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Engine 84

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

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fire scene photo

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Interdivisional Box Alarm in Burlington, WI 7-13-17

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Burlington Wisconsin Fire Dept Interdivisional Box Major Flooding From Heavy Rains

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-1-17 (more)

additional photos from Tim Olk from the Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-1-17

Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Chicago firefighters battle fire in a junkyard

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-1-17

Photos from Tim Olk of fire in a junk yard at 3130 S. St Louis Saturday afternoon (7/1/17)

heavy black smoke from junkyard fire

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fire in a junk yard

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Chicago FD Engine 109

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firefighters battle junk yard fire

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Pleasantview Fire District news (more)

more photos from Tim Olk of the funeral for former Pleasantview FD Chief Ed Switalski

Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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full coverage of the funeral by Tim Olk can be seen HERE

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Pleasantview Fire District news (more)

Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Excerpts from woodtv.com:

Hundreds of police officers and firefighters from across the Midwest joined community members in Kalamazoo Wednesday to honor Comstock Township Fire Chief Ed Switalski, who was hit by a vehicle and killed last week during a call.

The chief was laid to rest with full honors, including the presentation of a duty medal, a bell ceremony, taps, a flag folding, a 21-gun salute, and his final call.

Everyone who spoke of Switalski, whether family or friend, shared a common theme: a giving heart.

“He constantly cared about others. He was there every step of the way when my Auntie Holly had breast cancer. He was there and donated his kidney when his nephew Christopher needed one,” his niece said.

Switalski leaves behind a wife and two daughters, one of whom spoke during the funeral.

“I am also honored to be the last family member to have seen and spoken to him,” Emily Switalski said. “Before he went on every call, My mom, my sister and I would always say, ‘I love you. Be safe.’ And those words were the last words I was ever able to say to him.”

Before the final call for Switalski sounded, hundreds of firefighters from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois — where Switalski worked for some 30 years before becoming chief in Comstock Township in 2013 — took part in his funeral procession.

A restored 1937 fire truck carried his body 24 miles from the funeral home through downtown Kalamazoo and Comstock Township before arriving at Wings Event Center. Firefighters in nearly 200 fire engines followed. Members of the public lined the streets to say thank you. 

The procession continued out of Kalamazoo and past Comstock’s three fire stations. Outside the station on River Street, the chief’s bunker gear and helmet were laid out on the apron as Battle Creek firefighters, filling in so Comstock crews could attend the funeral, stood by.  None of the BCFD firefighters had ever met Switalksi, but they were working on their day off to honor him. 

“Myself and the other fire fighters from Battle Creek consider this a great honor to be able to cover this station for these fire fighters and for their chief,” BCFD Lt. Lamar Mingle said.

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered all U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of Switalski.

thanks Dan

Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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Comstock FD antique fire engine

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Funeral service for  Comstock Township MI Fire Chief Ed Switalski

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funreal procession of fire trucks

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-16-17

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Chicago Still And Box Alarm Fire 220 N Laflin

Chicago FD Squad 1A at work

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thick smuilding fire in Chicagooke from b

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firefighters st smokey building fire

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firefighters st smokey building fire

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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 1A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 1 captaiin

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-1-17 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk of the 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-1-17 

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Car fire in Dolton, 5-29-17

Photos from Tim Olk of a car fire in Dolton (5/29/17)

car engulfed in fire

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car engulfed in fire

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firefighters extinguish a car fire

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firefighters extinguish a car fire

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firefighters extinguish a car fire

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