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Dive box in Wauconda, 4-19-19 (more)

Excerpts from the lakecountyjournal.com:

About 7:20 p.m. on Friday night, two boys were in paddle boats on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. They had been playing in the neighborhood when they came across the boats and decided to go out onto the water, officials said.

The two panicked because of the strong wind and rough water conditions, and they jumped into the lake to swim back to shore, police said. Nearby fishermen overheard screaming, pulled an 11-year-old boy out of the water and took him to shore. First responders Fire department divers could not initially locate the second boy, who was identified as Geraldo Rodriguez, 9.

The Wauconda Fire District called for additional divers and sonar technicians. The effort was switched from rescue to recovery about 10:30 p.m. Friday and continued until about  3 a.m..

The sonar team found the boy’s body around noon Saturday near the deepest part of the lake, which is about 30 feet deep. The water was about 45 degrees, and the surviving child is being treated for hypothermia.

Crews from Lake Zurich, Barrington, Long Grove, Round Lake, Fox Lake, Countryside, Grayslake, McHenry Township, Crystal Lake, Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Mundelein, Cary, Nunda Rural, Gurnee, Newport, Huntley, Fox River Grove, Richmond, and Wonder Lake assisted during the incident.

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firefighters and police use a drone to search for a missing boy

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fire department divers search a lake

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fire department divers search a lake

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Dive box in Wauconda, 4-19-19

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Wauconda Requested a dive Box Alarm for a rescue at Bangs Lake. After two hours into the incident it was turned into a recovery. 
Here are some photos from the scene.
 
Thanks, Tyler Tobolt

Divers and sonar technicians were looking for a 9-year-old boy in Bangs Lake in Wauconda Friday night. Wauconda police said they were called to Lakeview Villa Beach at about 7:20 p.m. for a water rescue. A 10-year-old boy and 9-year-old boy had been on the lake in a paddleboat, they went into the water and screamed for help. Nearby fishermen were able to pull the 10-year-old out of the water before emergency crews arrived.

Rescuers were still searching for the 9-year-old boy as of 9:45 p.m. Police said high winds and rough water carried the boy out towards the center of the lake. Fire officials said that 15 divers and a group of sonar technicians from both the Wauconda Fire Department and other nearby fire departments continued to search for the boy.

 

Fire officials said the 10-year-old boy did not sustain any life threatening injuries and that divers and sonar technicians would likely continue to search until midnight.

9-year-old boy drowned in Wauconda 4/19/19

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9-year-old boy drowned in Wauconda 4/19/19

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9-year-old boy drowned in Wauconda 4/19/19

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9-year-old boy drowned in Wauconda 4/19/19

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Wauconda Fire District news

Wauconda Fire District Deputy Chief Ed Dagdick retired Friday evening after 38 years with the department.

retirement gifts for Wauconda FD DC Ed Dagdick

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Wauconda Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Ed Dagdick

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retirement gifts for Wauconda FD DC Ed Dagdick

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Wauconda Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Ed Dagdick with his daughters

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This from Tim Olk:
During Ed’s speech he talked about how he met his wife 22 years ago. He came into the hospital doing CPR on an infant and handed her the baby in the ER. Last night for the first time, Ed met that same person, now 22-years-old.
retiring Firefighter is reunited with 22-year-old that he saved as an infant

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3-Alarm fire in Tower Lakes, 11-15-18

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

A massive fire in Tower Lakes proved to be difficult to fight, when firefighters couldn’t access water in the area. One person was injured in the blaze, and a dog was missing.

The fire started shortly after 9 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of South Hills Drive. Wauconda Fire District officials said the area does not have hydrants, which slowed firefighting until more trucks arrived to provide extra water. Crews from 23 other fire departments helped fight the fire.

The people who live in the home escaped with all but one of their dogs, who was missing. One person who lives in the home was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The blaze caused about $250,000 in damage. The cause is under investigation.

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Wauconda Fire District news

Excerpts from there DailyHerald.com:

Wauconda Fire District Chief Mike Wahl is retiring after nearly 34 years with the department. He is stepping down effective Jan. 1, though a traditional walkout ceremony is planned for Dec. 15, his last day on the job.

He joined the department as a firefighter-paramedic in May 1984 and rose through the ranks. He’s been fire chief since 2015. Wahl also has served as Wauconda’s emergency management agency director, and he’s served on Illinois’ emergency services management and incident management teams, among other responsibilities.

The fire district board has selected David Geary, the agency’s business manager, to succeed Wahl. He joined the district in 1978 as a firefighter-paramedic and stayed on staff until 1990. He returned to the district in 2012 as business manager, a post with financial and administrative duties. Geary will be sworn in as the new chief Dec. 21.

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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A neighbor reported the fire at 12:45 p.m. Saturday on the 5000 block of Little Drive in unincorporated McHenry County, according to a news release from the Wauconda Fire District.

When firefighters arrived, there was visible, heavy smoke coming from the attic. No one was inside the home when the fire started. A dog in the house escaped without injuries and is staying with a neighbor..

The fire was out in 15 minutes and caused about $50,000 in damage, rendering the home uninhabitable.

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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A group of Wauconda firefighters responded to a supermarket cashier’s generosity this week by donating money to a Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

Lt. Joe Studer and two other firefighters from Wauconda Fire District station No. 2 were about to pay for groceries  Wednesday morning when they were dispatched to a call.

Before abandoning their purchase at the register, they asked the cashier to ring up the groceries and promised to return to pay.

Calls during shopping happen occasionally, Studer said, and the firefighters always return for their goods, but this time, the cashier personally paid the bill, which came to nearly $50.

Firefighters traditionally pay for their own meals when on shift. Instead of pocketing the $50 they would have spent on food, they donated the money to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Wauconda firefighters and police officers stood at the intersection of Main Street and Route 176 on Friday to collect donations for the Red Cross, too.

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Wauconda Fire District news

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

A high-speed police chase Wednesday morning ended in a fiery crash in front of the museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes said.

A 22-year-old man from Wauconda was spotted by Wauconda police about 10:30 a.m. driving north on Route 12 at 84 mph. When police pursued the car, the driver sped up. A Wheeling police officer spotted the car driving about 100 mph.

The driver failed to navigate the intersection at Fox Lake and Volo Village roads, and crashed into a pole outside the auto museum.

When police caught up and took the driver from his car, a red 2014 Dodge Challenger, it caught on fire.

Wauconda Fire Lt. Dan Frey said firefighters responded to the crash and found a subject sitting on the side of the road with police. The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Firefighters extinguished the car fire without any injuries.

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2-Alarm fire in Lake Zurich, 5-20-17 (more)

short video by Larry Shapiro from the 2-Alarm fire in Lake Zurich, 5-20-17 (Wauconda Fire District)

 

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2-Alarm fire in Lake Zurich, 5-20-17

Wauconda firefighters were called for a house fire at 25860 Old McHenry Court in an unincorporated area of Lake Zurich Saturday night. Upon arrival of the first units, they reported a fully involved vacant house. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm to the 2nd level for tenders (tankers) since there were no hydrants in the area.

Wauconda Tanker 341 was setup to nurse Squad 341 as lines were advanced on the house. As mutual aid companies arrived, portable tanks were dropped at the end of the street with a supply line from a Lake Zurich engine as the tanker shuttle was initiated.

 

portable tanks on the ground for tanker shuttle

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vacant house engulfed in fire

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Wauconda FD Squad 341 Ferrara

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Wauconda FD Squad 341 Ferrara

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firefighters battle fire in a vacant house

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firefighters battle fire in a vacant house

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firefighters battle fire in a vacant house

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firefighters battle fire in a vacant house

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Wauconda FD Squad 341 Ferrara

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Wauconda FD Tanker 341

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