Archive for November 15th, 2011

CPD officer accuses CFD captain of pushing him to the ground

An incident which occurred at a water rescue on November 1st has initiated an investigation into allegations by a Chicago police officer that he was pushed to the ground by a Chicago Fire Department Captain. has an article and description of the event HERE.

The Tribune has an article HERE. Excerpts include:

The Chicago Fire Department has launched an internal investigation after a captain was accused of pushing a Chicago police officer to the ground as both departments answered a rescue call for two men who had fallen into the river near Goose Island earlier this month.

The scuffle apparently did not hinder the rescue, and the two men were pulled from the water at about 1 a.m. Nov. 1 near the 1200 block of West North Avenue. The police officer, assigned to the marine unit, later filed a report.

No charges were filed, but Fire Department internal affairs investigators are looking into the conduct of the fire captain and other fire officials who were on the scene, officials said.

“There is an active investigation in progress,” said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. “The investigation will determine what happened at that scene and see if any violations happened with our members.”


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New Crimson engine in Palatine

The Palatine Fire Department has placed their new Crimson engine into service as Engine 82. The new unit has a 2011 Spartan Gladiator Classic cab and chassis with a 1,500-GPM pump and 500 gallons of water. It carries Crimson job #211035-01.

Palatine Fire Department Engine 82 2011 Spartan Crimson

Palatine Engine 82 is now running with this 2011 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Crimson 1500/500 engine. Larry Shapiro photo

Palatine has a different graphics package on the new rig using a department decal on the front door and a much less pronounced lettering for the ‘Palatine Fire Department’ on the rear crew door.

Palatine Fire Department Quint 83 Pierce Impel

The newest Palatine suppression unit prior to Engine 82 was this 2009 unit with completely different graphics.


Palatine Fire Department Engine 84 Spartan Crimson

The previous Spartan/Crimson engine had the traditional graphics to match the rest of the fleet.

Palatine Fire Department Seagrave engine

The traditional door lettering is shown on this 1965 Seagrave engine. Larry Shapiro collection


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