Palatine Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

Please see attached press release about the Village of Palatine’s Line of Duty Death Memorial on Sunday October 1st , 2023.  On this date 77 years ago, Firefighters Wesley Comfort, Jr. and Leonard Nebel were struck by a train at Brockway Street as they responded from the Slade Street Fire Station for the report of a house fire.  The Palatine Fire Department will hold a ceremony at the Palatine Firefighter’s Memorial at the corner of N. Brockway Street and W. Slade Street in downtown Palatine at approximately 9:00 AM.  Please help us remember the lives lost on this tragic day.

Palatine Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

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New ambulance for the Bloomingdale FPD

This from Tim Right:

Here is a shot of the new International Bloomingdale Medic 23 deliver sometime last month. 

Tim; #ambulance; #BloomingdaleFPD;

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Wilmington Fire Protection District news

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The Wilmington Fire Protection District is reporting the death of Firefighter Paramedic David Pollack.

He was involved in a motor vehicle accident Friday, September 22nd while off duty and sustained unsurvivable injuries.

Pollack became a member of the fire district in January of 2018 as a Firefighter Paramedic and was currently assigned as a Shift Leader at Station 2. He was a member of the MABAS Division 15 Technical Rescue Team and also a part time member with the Coal City Fire Protection District.

According to the Facebook post by Wilmington Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Todd Friddle, “David will be an organ and tissue donor where, as he did in life through his profession, will continue to save many lives. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with David, his wife Julissa, David’s parents and family during this very difficult time.

Visitation for David Vincent Pollack will be held at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL, on Monday, October 2, 2023, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will continue Tuesday morning, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Celebration of Life at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, IL.

To read the full obituary click here.

Donations for David’s family can be directed HERE.


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Fatal fire in Stickney, 9-27-23

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One person is dead and two others are injured following a fire at the Gas-N-Wash gas station in the 3800 block of South Cicero in Stickney around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

“One of the victims was out of the RV in front of the store. The other one was close to the car wash at that point. After interviewing him, we heard there was a third victim and that he did not make it out,” said Stickney Fire Chief Jeff Boyajian.

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Calumet Park Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-The Calumet Park Fire Dept.’s Truck 2204, HME/Alfco 100′ midship.  Sorry, I do not know year or specs.  Please feel free to respond.  Enjoy and comment.

Mike Summa; #TBT; #FireTruck; #HME; #AmericanLaFrance; #CalumetParkFD; #MikeSumma;

Mike Summa photo

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Urbana Fire Department news

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The Urbana City Council has approved $1.5 million for building two new fire stations.

A grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity gave a total of $2 million to the city for community development, affordable housing, violence prevention, and administrative costs. The fire department said the Philo Road and North Lincoln Avenue stations are long overdue for upgrades, but using the money for the stations wasn’t a unanimous decision from the city council.

Some city council members were opposed to giving such a large sum of that money to the department, saying that the spirit of the DCEO grant was intended for economic opportunities in these low-income neighborhoods and not for the government buildings of these neighborhoods.

One new station will be built across the street from the current Philo Road location. The other will be between Goodwin and Bradley Avenues. The Philo Road station has not been remodeled since it was built in the 1970s.

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department Open House

From the Village of Buffalo Grove:

Join the Buffalo Grove firefighters at Fire Station 26 for the annual Public Safety Open House. Featuring live demos, games, photo ops, food trucks, meet and greets and more – this is an action-packed event you don’t want to miss!; #BuffaloGroveFD; #openhouse;

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New rescue for Utica FPD

This from Martin Nowak:

Push in ceremony was September 14. 
I’ve also attached photos of the old rescue I took 9 years ago – 1996 International 4700; #FireTruck; #MartinNowak; #UticaFPD;

Martin Nowak photo; #FireTruck; #MartinNowak; #UticaFPD;

Martin Nowak photo


Utica FD

Job: #37914 | Illinois | Impel HDR; #FireTruck; #Pierce; #Impel; #HDR;#UticaFPD;

Macqueen photo

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Waukegan ARFF unit for sale

Found at

1983 Oshkosh T12 ARFF for sale

Auction Ends     9/30/23 2:00 PM ET

Remaining        7 Days 3 Hrs

Reserve Not Met

Buyer’s Premium.    12.50%

Starting Bid.   $1.00

Bids.  2

High Bidder     5*********e

Current Bid     $800.00

Bid Increment     $25.00

Minimum Bid       $825.00

13.9L V12 DIESEL. Runs and Drives. Detroit Diesel. Bill of Sale, No Title. We drove this vehicle 40 miles without any issues. Our understanding it that one of the water tanks has a leak. Was used at small airport since new. As far as exact weights, specifications, tire sizes, please view all the photos. Vehicle held off-site in Wadsworth,IL 60083. Correct Asset Contact : JB 847.890.8100; #forsale; #ARFF; #WaukeganFD; #Oshkosh; #T12;

thank Martin

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As seen around …

From Jimmy Bolf:

Former Mess Canteen; #MESSEmergencySupportServices; #canteen; #forsale; #

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Jimmy Bolf photo

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