Archive for October 9th, 2011

Greensboro, NC Captain dies at Chicago Marathon

Today’s Chicago Marathon which took place in 80 degree weather claimed the life of 35 year old CaptainWilliam Caviness of the Greensboro, NC Fire Department. The Chicago Tribune reports that:

Authorities suspect Caviness suffered cardiac arrest, but the cause of death was pending autopsy results, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Caviness, married with two children under five, was the captain of a fire engine crew for the Greensboro Fire Department, said Dave Coker, the president of the city’s firefighters’ union.

He was running to raise funds for the International Association of Fire FightersBurn Foundation, which coordinates fire prevention efforts and supports burn victims. Before the race, he raised $2,475, well beyond his $2,000 goal, according to the Web site tracking his effort.

Statistics show incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in marathons involves 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 120,000 runners, according to the Chicago Marathon medical director George Chiampas.

“We know where these types of incidents occur,” Chiampas said. “Because of that, we stage a large number of medical personnel in that final half-mile to mile as well as the finish line area. So there were five to six emergency medical physicians as well as EMS response 25 to 30 meters away from this individual. There was a response within seconds.”

The entire article can be found HERE.

William Caviness died after the 2011 Chicago Matathon

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1st photos of CFD Crimson aerial on-scene

Steve Redick submitted the first images of one of Chicago’s Crimson aerials on-scene with the ladder up. Steve is the first to comment that the fire wasn’t much, but nonetheless no one to date has provided any images of one of the new aerials working at a fire scene.

Chicago Fire Department Truck 9 Crimson aerial

Chicago Truck 9 with the aerial to the roof of a single family house on the Northwest Side this past week. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department Truck 9 Crimson aerial

This rear view shows the wide footprint of the Crimson outriggers. Steve Redick photo

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Video of Roberts Park FPD arriving on-scene

Martin Nowak has a video HERE  showing the Roberts Park Fire Protection District, Bedford Park, Willow Springs, and Bridgeview fire departments responding to the 8700 block of Willow Drive, in Justice, IL aound 5:30 P.M 10/07/2011.

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New CFD staff vehicle

Hank Sajovic spotted a new vehicle a for the CFD documents section

Chicago Fire Department Documents Section car

Chicago Fire Department Documents Section NGV. Hank Sajovic photo

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