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Wauconda Fire District news

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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Wauconda Fire District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Micah Austin, 43, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, died while riding in the Salt River Canyon. Gila County sheriff’s police believe he got off his BMW motorcycle, slipped and fell 425 feet to his death.

His body was found by a drone in the canyon Jan. 2, a day after the motorcycle was discovered abandoned alongside a road, the Gila County sheriff’s office said.

A Texas native who later moved to Wauconda, Austin graduated from Wauconda High School in 1991. He worked for the Wauconda Fire Protection District between 1993 and 2000.

Austin moved to Arizona more than a year ago and had been working as a virtual design and construction engineer.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St. A private family gathering will follow.

Survivors include Austin’s wife, his parents, three sisters and a grandmother.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made in Austin’s memory to the Backcountry Discovery Routes by calling (206) 383-6233 or visiting backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com.

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Fatal fire in Island Lake, 9-19-16

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

An Island Lake woman was pronounced dead early Monday after being pulled by Wauconda Fire District personnel from a house fire in the 200 block of South Shore Drive.

According to a Wauconda Fire District news release, crews responded around 3:30 a.m. to an initial report of a tree on fire behind the home, located north of Route 176 and Roberts Road. Island Lake police reportedly arrived first to find heavy fire through the roof of the single-story home and the call was upgraded to a structure fire.

The release stated that a search of the structure was initiated and the crew encountered heavy smoke to the floor in the home. “During the primary search, a female victim was found and removed from the home,” the release stated. “Lifesaving procedures were initiated. The victim was transferred to the EMS crew on the scene, but the efforts were unsuccessful.”

 

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Wauconda Fire District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Retired police officer and longtime Wauconda Fire District board President Richard “Rich” Bilisko is being remembered as a dedicated public servant and a caring man, especially when it came to children.

Bilisko, 70, of Wauconda, who died May 29, was born in Chicago, and spent 27 years as a police officer in Lake County. He retired from the sheriff’s office in 2007. He led the Wauconda Fire District board as its president from 2005 until his death.

Bilisko was a fixture at fire stations, asking employees about events in their lives and their children. He particularly liked visiting station No. 3 on Gilmer Road, Fire Chief Mike Wahl said.

Visitation is 3 to 9 p.m. June 17 at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. June 18 at Transfiguration Church, 348 W. Mill St., Wauconda.

In addition to his widow, Bilisko’s survivors include two sons.

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House fire in Hawthorn Woods, 5-25-16

Lake Zurich firefighters were called to 3160 Louise Court in Hawthorn Woods Wednesday night (5/25/16) for a house fire. A series of heavy thunderstorms were moving through the area at the time. First arriving units reported smoke showing and pushing out from the eaves in front. Fire soon vented through the roof and interior companies made an aggressive attack knocking down the majority of the fire quickly. The alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm bringing mutual aid from close to a dozen neighboring departments.

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flames through roof of house

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metal ramps to drive over fire hose

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Wauconda Fire District tower ladder at fire scene

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firemen work off tower ladder platform at fire

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firefighters after battling a blaze

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Wauconda fire truck at fire scene during rain storm

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attic gutted by fire

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firemen cut garage door at house fire

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Wauconda firefighters pay it forward

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

If you’re the person who purchased groceries for some Wauconda firefighters at a local supermarket, they want to thank you.

Lt. E.J. Miller and two other members of the Wauconda Fire District’s gold shift were at the register Sunday afternoon when they received a call about a possible fire and had to leave. They put their groceries back in their cart and took off for what turned out to be a false alarm.

When they returned to the store about 30 minutes later, their groceries had been paid for and bagged.

Miller asked a store employee if he knew who paid for the food, but the customer chose to remain anonymous.

“There was no receipt in the bag, so we don’t even know what the total was,” Miller said.

The firefighters pay for their own meals and had pooled about $85 for Sunday’s dinner. In the same spirit of giving, they gave the cash to the nonprofit Wauconda Island Lake Food Pantry on Wednesday [who] will use the money to buy milk, eggs, meat and other staples for as many as 200 needy local families.

The firefighters also shared their story on Facebook where it’s been an online hit [with] more than 70,000 views and more than 300 shares.

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Firefighter and resident injured in Island Lake house fire, 4-8-16

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

A homeowner and firefighter were injured Friday in a fire that officials said damaged an Island Lake townhouse and killed a dog and two cats.

Wauconda Fire District crews were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. to a townhouse at 3613 Linden Drive after the homeowner called 911 to report a structure fire. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the attached garage of a two-story townhouse.

The homeowner, the only person in the home at the time, was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to the release. A firefighter also was sent to the hospital because of the fire with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire within 90 minutes and prevented it from spreading to other townhouses.

“The main body of the fire was in the garage,” Lt. Dan Frey said. “But there was extensive damage to the first floor, and smoke and heat damage to the second floor.”

Firefighters from Nunda, Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake, Marengo, Grayslake, Barrington-Countryside, McHenry, Countryside, Cary, Lake Zurich, Round Lake, Wonder Lake, and Lake Villa assisted Wauconda firefighters.

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