Archive for August 8th, 2016

Wheeling crash with rescue 8/8/16

Wheeling firefighters along with mutual aid companies from several surrounding towns were sent to the area of 9930 Capitol Drive on Monday afternoon for a reported car into a pond with people trapped. Wheeling Chief 2400 was the first on the scene advising that a car was perched over a concrete retaining wall with at least one occupant inside. Along with the divers and boats that were en route, an urgent request was made for a tow truck to secure the car so firefighters could retrieve the driver.

Several of the incoming units were returned after the nature of the incident was known and work began to secure the SUV and then remove the driver, who proved to be the only occupant.

tow operator secures car stuck on a wall

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fire department divers view a car on a retaining wall with the driver inside

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firefighters secure a car with a rope around a tree

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fire department divers view a car on a retaining wall with the driver inside

Larry Shapiro photo

fire department divers remove the driver from a car on a retaining wall

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firefighter paramedics carry a patient up a hill

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The driver sheared off a fire hydrant and hit two cars before plunging over the retaining wall.

crash site with mini van and SUV

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fire department divers decon

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an SUV dangles over a retaining wall of a pond

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heavy wrecker picks up car from retention pond

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Fatal fire in Joliet

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The Joliet Fire Department was dispatched at 10:37 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 2900 block of Sun Valley Court in Joliet, according to department Battalion Chief Laroy Aldridge. The residence has a Plainfield mailing address but is in Joliet city limits.

When firefighters arrived at the house, a person who was found to be a basement tenant was at the driveway and told responders firefighters there were two people inside, Aldridge said.

Crews found a man on the first floor who was pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m. at the scene, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. A woman found on the second floor was taken to the emergency room of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:30 p.m.

Firefighters found smoke and fire on the first floor, but Aldridge said the damage was moderate and contained to the living room.

Joliet Chief of Police Brian Benton said in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates the cause of the fire was accidental, possibly due to candles burning in the home.


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Des Plaines Fire Department news

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The police and firefighter memorial flags have been added to the list of flags that can be flown on city of Des Plaines-owned properties.

Aldermen in support of the police and fire departments’ request to fly the flags when a retired or active service member dies, is killed in the line of duty, or when there is a loss of life during a noteworthy state, national, or international incident.

The police memorial flag — a black flag marked by a horizontal thin blue line — began flying outside city hall shortly after aldermen approved it, in tribute to five slain Dallas police officers.

The council also approved the request of Des Plaines VFW Post 2992 to fly the military service branch flags on the city hall flagpole one after another on four consecutive weeks every November.

The resolution was prompted by the flying of the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, outside the Des Plaines Public Library following the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Mayor Matt Bogusz gave library board President Greg Sarlo permission to fly the flag.

Alderman Jim Brookman, who proposed the rules, said aldermen should’ve had a say in what flags are flown over city properties, and added he probably would have voted to fly the rainbow flag, if asked.

But aldermen continued to debate Monday over the role they should play in deciding which flags are flown. While expressing his verbal support for the police, fire and military flags, Alderman Mike Charewicz voted against both resolutions, and asked that Brookman’s original policy be rescinded.

“This makes absolutely no sense to go through these resolutions time and time again,” Charewicz said. “This is total micromanaging.”

thanks Dan

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Midlothian Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa:

With Midlothian’s rescue truck up for sale, I submit the truck that was replaced by the 1997 Pierce.  It is a late 1960s IHC/Pierce.  If I am wrong, please feel free to share information about it.  Enjoy!
–Mike S.
Midlothian Fire Department history

1960s IHC/Pierce rescue truck from the Midlothian Fire Department. Mike Summa photo

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