Archive for April 14th, 2015

The Herbie Johnson Golf Classic

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Chicago Fire Capt. Herbert T. Johnson was often described as a larger-than-life character, so it should come as little surprise that a golf outing honoring the fallen firefighter reflects his enormous personality. The Herbie Johnson Golf Classic will span 10 courses throughout the Chicago area with upward of 1,000 golfers expected to participate. The golf outing drew 380 participants last year and spanned three different courses.

“It’s supposedly going to be one of the biggest golf outings that has ever been run,” said Ted Johnson,Herbie’s brother. “This is the third year, it has never been this size.”

The outing begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on June 29. Once all of the golfers have finished playing, a picnic-style reception with grilled steaks will be held from 4-8 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street at 3359 W. 115th St. in south suburban Merrionette Park.

Herbie Johnson died while fighting an extra-alarm house fire on Nov. 2, 2012, in Gage Park. To honor his memory, a golf outing was established shortly after his death. Since its inception, the outing has raised some $30,000. The proceeds go to help struggling firefighters throughout Chicago with little fanfare. A portion of the funds are also directed toward a scholarship at St. Rita High School in Ashburn.

This year, organizers have partnered with the coordinators of the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing in Myrtle Beach, SC. Herbie Johnson helped plan the event and made many friends along the way.

More than 100 golfers have already signed up for the outing. It costs $125 to participate in the outing and the after-party. Some of the elite courses require a slight surcharge. Those who simply want to enjoy the festivities at 115 Bourbon Street pay $50.

thanks Dan

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Chicago Fire Department History

This from Steve Redick:

Some great old stuff from dad’s collection.
A Mack bulldog pressure wagon at a 5-11 500 S Peoria  1/21/49
Chicago FD Mack Bulldog pressure wagon at massive fire in 1049

Warren Redick collection

5-11 62 & Halsted 12-30-52

classic 1952 fire in Chicago

Warren Redick collection

Engine 46 – 1919 Ahrens Fox

Chicago Engine 46 - 1919 Ahrens Fox.

Chicago Engine 46 – 1919 Ahrens Fox. Warren Redick collection

2 – 1938 Pirsch Sedan pumpers

2 Chicago 1938 Pirsch Sedan pumpers

Warren Redick collection

1954 Mack delivery photo

1954 Mack delivery photo in Chicago

Warren Redick collection

Eng 45 1916 Ahrens Fox

Chicago Eng 45 1916 Ahrens Fox

Warren Redick collection

These are just really some great shots. Enjoy


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Interdivisional Dive Box – Tri-State FPD, 4-13-15

Interdivisional Dive Box at 12805 Grant Road (Tri-State FPD) in the canal near Route 83 (Lemont).

fire departmetn divers in a canal

Tim Olk photo

fire department ambulance

Tim Olk photo

fire department sonar team

Tim Olk photo

fire department sonar team

Tim Olk photo

fire department diver in the water

Tim Olk photo

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