Archive for September 15th, 2015

Fundraiser for Fox Lake Police Lt Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

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When they heard about the shooting death of Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a Morton Grove police officer and firefighter said they had to do something to honor the slain officer and support his grieving family.

A pancake breakfast and raffle fundraiser held Saturday morning at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, which was organized by Morton Grove police officer Nick Hoffman and firefighter John Abbetiello, generated $6,200 in proceeds, all of which will given to Gliniewicz’s family, said Paul Yaras, Morton Grove police commander.

In a week, Hoffman and Abbetiello gathered a slew of sponsors, both businesses and individuals to provide food, supplies, labor and whatever else was needed to make the breakfast and raffle a success.

“We’ve had a lot of help from the community,” Abbatiello said. Some of the biggest sponsors of the event included Catering by Michaels, Kappy’s Restaurant and Pancake House, CVS and Produce World, in addition to donations from community members, Yaras said.

Hoffman said he feared what those responsible for Gliniewicz’s death were capable of doing the same to someone else. Hoffman said Gliniewicz’s family is welcome to use the fundraiser proceeds “for anything they need financially.” But perhaps more importantly, he said, the event serves as a demonstration of support.

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Carpentersville FD to celebrate centennial

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In 1970, Steve Zaccard, who grew up in the village, joined the Carpentersville Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter at 18 years old. Throughout the years, he moved up to full-time firefighter, then lieutenant and then captain. He fought raging fires, chased criminals, delivered a baby. He became close with several other firefighters and would often go camping with them on their days off.

On Saturday, Zaccard will reunite with former co-workers — and meet current firefighters — at the Carpentersville Fire Department’s 100th anniversary. A parade starting 10 a.m. at Tamarac Drive and Maple Avenue will travel to Fire Station No. 91 at 213 Spring St. Richard C. Paul, Carpentersville’s first fire chief, is the grand marshal, Fire Chief John Skillman said.

At the fire station, an open house and barbecue is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Though officials have been able to track down several former full-time firefighters, Skillman said, they are still hoping to reach out to more, including any part-time or volunteer firefighters who worked in Carpentersville.

Additionally, activities for kids will be set up at the station, including a fire pole and a smoke trailer. Firefighters will give tours of the station, as well.

For Zaccard, the experience will be a chance to reminisce with some of his closest friends.

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Buffalo Grove Fire Department Open House

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