Archive for September 22nd, 2014

Chicago FD Helmets – styles and mountings (more)

This from Drew Smith addressing the post on Chicago FD helmets:

Attached is a photo of a brass one I added to my New Yorker helmet back in the early 1980s as well as an aluminum one. They were available in brass or aluminum. I thought the brass looked better than the aluminum worn by many others but soon realized the weight of this small ornament was tremendous.

firemen from the 1980s

Drew Smith collection

New Yorker fire helmet

Drew Smith photo

Tags: , , ,

3-11 fire in Chicago at 111 W. Division, January 26, 1986

This from John Tulipano:

I went digging through my files after Steve posted an image from this fire. The fire was well under control when I arrived, companies had begun to pick up lines.

I apologize for composition and overall quality of these images I was just getting into photography.

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

John Tulipano photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

John Tulipano photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

John Tulipano photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

John Tulipano photo

Tags: , , , ,

Chicago FD history

This from Steve Redick

This image is from January 1986 … a dark day in the CFD. This was the Mark Twain Hotel, 111 W Division, and Lt Edmund Coglianese of 98 was killed here. The fire ocurred on Super Bowl Sunday, when the Bears played New England. The real scope of this tragedy was overshadowed by the super bowl victory … a terrible situation made so much worse by the hooplah of the victory. This was a dumpy SRO with tiny cubicle-like rooms. I believe the the Lt either had a mask malfunction and or ran out of air. They had an aweful time getting him out of the building.
I can only imagine how bad conditions were in this case … maze-like interior, zero visibility, severe fire conditions, difficult searches, and a tough time getting a line down what must have been a long nasty hallway. I had recently met Edmund when he brought his son’s Boyscout troop up to the office for a tour. A nice man who left behind a wonderful family. I will never forget the fact that he was the one who answered me on the amplifier when I gave him what turned out to be his last run … this still stays with me 30 years later. I can only imagine the pain his family must still feel every day.


tragic fire scene photo from Chicago

Tags: , , , , ,