Archive for December 18th, 2012

Fatal fire in Oak Forest 12-18-12

This from the Chicago Tribune:

A 40-year-old woman died and a 48-year-old man was injured in house fire in Oak Forest this morning, authorities said.

The woman was found in the house in the 15200 block of Central Avenue, where three children also lived but were at school during the blaze, Oak Forest police Chief Gregory Anderson said.

The woman was identified as Erica L. Rodriguez, of the Central Avenue address, according to a release from Oak Forest police. She was pronounced dead at 10:03 a.m. at Palos Community Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The man suffered critical injuries and was first taken to South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest and then to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Anderson said.

The fire was called in by drivers passing by around 9 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the man on the side porch of the house, and found Rodriguez inside, according to the release.

The entire article is HERE.

thanks Chris

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Rockford Medical Flight Crashes near Rochelle – update

From the Rockford Register:

 A public memorial for three medical flight-crew members who died in a helicopter crash Monday is scheduled for next week.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road.

Rockford Health System officials are expecting a large crowd, which is why they sought out a large venue. The health system ran the REACT helicopter program for 25 years.

Pilot Andy Olesen and flight nurses Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis died when their helicopter crashed in rural Lee County. The chopper was flying to pick up a critically ill patient at Mendota Community Hospital when the crew encountered bad weather and planned on turning back toward Rockford.

For the memorial service, health system officials have asked all emergency vehicles to arrive by 8 a.m. and participants in uniform to arrive between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Officials, the public and any participants not in uniform are asked to arrive by 9 a.m.

The service is expected to last about an hour, ending with an fly-over by several aircraft.

Previous posts about the incident are HERE and HERE.

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Elgin orders new ambulances

This from Fire Service, Inc.:

Congratulations and Thank you to Elgin Fire Department in Elgin, IL on their purchase of FOUR Wheeled Coach Type I Firemedic ambulances

Thanks Bill

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Berwyn orders new ambulances

This from Josh Boyajian:

Last week, the Berwyn Fire Department placed an order with Fire Service Inc, for two 2012 Ford F-350 Wheeled Coach Type 3 ambulances. Delivery is expected around summer next year.


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