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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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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.

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

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Chicago Still And Box Alarm Fire 220 N Laflin

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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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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)

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Still and Box Alarm in Chicago, 5-28-17

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1900 block of west 115th street in a train station

Chicago firefighters after a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD investigators at a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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firefighters break down hose after a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Funeral for Evanston FD Captain Ron Shulga

Funeral services were held Friday (5/19/17) for Evanston FD Captain Ron Shulga. Photos by Tim Olk

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Interdivisional Box Alarm and Haz Mat in Park Forest, 5-16-17

An Interdivisional Box plus a Haz Mat Box on Monday (5/16/17) at Star Disposal Service, 20 South Street in Park Forest. Photos by Tim Olk.

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Matteson FD tower ladder

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Park Forest FD Engine 56

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end loader clearing debris after a fire

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Park Forest FD Engine 56 on scene

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firefighters with hose line mopping up after a fire

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front end loader destroyed by fire

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firefighters with hose line mopping up after a fire

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front end loader at salvage yard fire

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Evanston Fire Department news

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Evanston Fire Department lost 29-year veteran Captain Ron Shulga to a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Captain Shulga was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, which was linked to a transformer fire containing PCBs at the Varsity Theater in downtown Evanston. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) and Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) has ruled this a job-related/non-traumatic line of duty death, which will entitle Captain Shulga to full department honors.

“Captain Shulga was a beloved member of the department who always went above and beyond to make things a little better for the next guy,” said Fire Chief Brian Scott. “He was always willing to help move the department forward. His presence will truly be missed by all.”

Captain Shulga was instrumental in maintaining the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus and radio communications, keeping others safe and connected.

Arrangements for Captain Shulga are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, May 18, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Visitation Services: Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Donnellan Funeral Home

To Church Procession: Friday, May 19, departing at 10:10 a.m. from Donnellan Funeral Home to St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., in Niles. The procession will travel east into Evanston on Central Street to Fire Station 5, 2830 Central St., before traveling south on Green Bay Road and Asbury Avenue and west on Emerson Street to Fire Station 1, 1332 Emerson St. The procession will then continue on to the church. View procession map.

Funeral Mass: Friday, May 19, 11 a.m., St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church

Donations: In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to, Evanston Firefighters Local 742 Benevolent Fund. C/O Captain Shulga, P.O. Box 1275, Evanston IL. 60204

For more information, contact Division Chief Paul Polep at ppolep@cityofevanston.org

This found at Mike Cklamovski on Twitter

O’Hare coworkers pay respect to 29-year Evanston Fire Department Captain Ron Shulga with a CFD water cannon salute. 

 
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firefighters honor fallen brother arriving by plane

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firefighters honor fallen brother arriving by plane

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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firefighters honor fallen brother

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McHenry Township Fire Protection District Live Fire Training

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 McHenry Township Fire Protection District live-fire training

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McHenry Township FPD tower ladder at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD engine drafting at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD tender at barn fire

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McHenry Township FPD tower ladder at barn fire

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Fatal Box Alarm in Berwyn, 5-5-17 (part 2)

More photos from the Fatal Box Alarm in Berwyn, 5-5-17

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