Archive for November 20th, 2013

Wood Dale firefighter wins lottery

The Daily Herald has an article describing a $1 million windfall for a Wood Dale fireman.

A Wood Dale firefighter recently struck lottery pay dirt when he won $1 million playing Halloween Millionaire Raffle.

Michael Thomson bought the winning raffle ticket on Sept. 28 at WD Tobacco, 355 Georgetown Square, in Wood Dale during a lunch break with a few co-workers, according to Illinois Lottery officials. His victory was announced Wednesday.

“We each bought a ticket,” Thomson said in a statement. “I never thought I would be the lucky one.”

The Palatine resident learned about his good fortune several days after the Nov. 1 drawing because word had gotten out that WD Tobacco had sold a winning ticket.

Thomson, who has been with the Wood Dale Fire Protection [District] since 2002, isn’t expected to quit his job as a firefighter-paramedic, according to lottery officials. After taxes, [he] received a lump sum of $700,000. He said he’s going buy a new house “with a huge backyard” for his dog Ariel, who is a 100-pound English mastiff.

thanks Dan

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Chicago FD special operations apparatus (part 1 of 4)

Several contributors had an opportunity to visit the CFD Special Operations warehouse at 39th & Honore recently and photographed the apparatus and equipment housed there.

These images from Dennis McGuire, Jr.

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

Haz Mat 5-1-3 is a 2002 Ford F-350/American LaFrance Medic Master. This is “Ex” Training Ambulance @ the Fire Academy.
Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

CFD Special Operations support unit 5-6-4 is a 2010 Ford F-550/Auto truck Inc. Shop ID G-578. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

CFD 5-6-7 is a support unit which delivers any of the four POD units. This is a 2008 Freightliner M2/H.C.I. Fabrications Roll Off truck with a 3000 Pound capacity. Shop ID# G-570. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Chicago Fire Department Special Operations

New Deluge Wagon 6-7-3 awaiting deployment to Engine 108’s house. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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CFD history – hose wagons

This from a reader:

Hello, I just wanted to share two pics I found on the web and I’m not able to identify. Both rigs should be vintage CFD hose wagons, the 1st one a 1907 Seagrave hose wagon from Engine 104. I asked several CFD fans but nobody was able to recognize the vehicles, so I thought that if you’ll share these pics on your site maybe somebody could be able to identify the rigs. I don’t own the copyright to any of the photos so I hope it’s not gonna be a problem. Thank you much in advance & best regards! 

David Nemecek (Czech Republic)
Chicago FD history

Chicago 1907 Seagrave … photographer unknown

Chicago Fire Department history

photographer unknown

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