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CFD history – Chicago Stockyards Fire

This from Steve Redick:

I found another treasure. The original newspaper clippings for the Stockyards fire from Sunday, May 20, 1934. Some of the pagers were in rough shape but some parts yielded surprisingly good results. I particularly like the summary of all the suburban companies that responded and the interview with the chief fire alarm operator at that time. My grandfather was at this fire as a member of the patrol.

Steve

Chicago Stockyards fire

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Chicago Stockyards fire

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Chicago Fire Department history

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I found another treasure from the archive my dad preserved. A full page COLOR photo spread from July 1939!  This was billed as the 2nd ever thrill show with an attendance of 70,000. You can make out some classic apparatus. I was able to use photoshop to restore this to almost perfect condition. My dad must have been 10 years old at the time so I am assuming my grandpa might have been the one to put this aside originally. I think this is too good not to share.

Steve Redick

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

Chicago Police and Fire Thrill Show July 17 1939

Chicago Daily Tribune clipping from July 17, 1939. Steve Redick collection

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

August 1986. This was a big deal at the time. I remember when we had all 3 boats in service, 37, 41, 58. 41 was the only one that had a land based firehouse at the time … now gone. We snuck in there one night after it closed and the place was trashed. A great spot for a boat to be quartered, right near all the big industrial stuff at Throop st

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-28-74

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March 28, 1974, 5-11 & 1 Special at 132 N State. There were some amazing fires in the downtown iron ring years ago.  Some injured members mentioned. Willard Meeker and Dave Lozeau, now retired.

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5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

historic 5-11 alarm fire in Chicago

5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

historic 5-11 alarm fire in Chicago

5-11 fire in Chicago at 132 N. State Street, March 28, 1974

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Vintage fire in Chicago, 1-5-85

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3-11 at 101 E Erie 1/5/85. I was working in the old city hall fire alarm office for this one. I managed to get an “outdoor” lunch and take this in :)

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3-11 at 101 E Erie 1/5/85.

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-18-86

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9/18/86 5-11 1434 W 37th St. This involved several mill-type buildings.

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9/18/86 5-11 1434 W 37th St.

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Vintage article on the Chicago Fire Department

This from Steve Redick:

March 15, 1981 –  A nice article from Chicago Tribune Magazine. This of course was the old house at 3500 W 60th st. A nice glimpse of how things were not that long ago. I love this kinda stuff

Enjoy the memories

Steve

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

Going through my dad’s scrapbook I found these images from Feb 14, 1946. 4-11 alarm at 1446 Blue island Ave. In the writeup it says the captain of Squad 10 died of a heart attack at another fire that occurred that same day … barely mentioned.

The next group of clippings describes a squad’s multiple inhalator responses and a dramatic elevator rescue..imagine how difficult and dangerous this was without all the modern tools of today.

Also some clippings from a 5-11 at 19th and State. Interesting how they refer to the residents displaced in the hotel fire, imagine that term used today! How about the mention of the “47 year old midget” hit by the streetcar during the fire. You can’t make this stuff up!  These clippings are a window to a different time in this country, and a whole different kind of  journalism.

Steve
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