Archive for June 11th, 2017

Naperville Fire Department news

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Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis has been selected as the 2017 Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois. This group annually recognizes Illinois’ best individual leaders and champions from government and industry who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions to communities throughout Illinois.

Chief Puknaitis is being honored for his impressive innovations in the fire service, dedication to public safety, training, pro-active firefighting methods, and for exemplary service to Naperville’s citizens. The group will present the award to Chief Puknaitis at its 21st annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Oak Brook Terrace.

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Marengo Fire Protection District news

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A Marengo home explosion destroyed a neighboring home, left eight to 10 more houses uninhabitable and sent two people to the hospital around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Marengo Fire Chief Bob Bradbury said at least 30 additional homes in the neighborhood were affected by debris. A damage estimate isn’t yet available.

The owners of the home where the explosion initiated weren’t home at the time of the incident, but there were animals inside. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Foul play isn’t suspected at this time.

house destroyed by gas explosion

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A house explosion damaged dozens of homes in Marengo early Sunday morning at about 5 a.m. in the 500-block of 7th Ave. At least two homes were destroyed when firefighters got to the scene, Marengo’s fire chief said.

Four people were rescued from the second floor of a house next door. Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

A total of four homes were damaged by the fire and more than 50 other homes sustained damage from the explosion. The Marengo fire chief said homes two blocks away from the explosion were damaged and several homes were rocked from their foundations.

house destroyed by gas explosion

Debbie King photo

house destroyed by gas explosion

Debbie King photo

house destroyed by gas explosion

Debbie King photo

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A request for assistance …

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From Michele McGuire;
For almost 20 years now, I’ve know Scott Stewart. He has ALWAYS been a kind and amazing person. Scott has NEVER asked anyone for anything. He has always selflessly and generously come to the aid of everyone he knows, at any time they have needed anything, whether asked of or not. Now, it’s time for us to give some help to the man that has helped us all – at one point or another. 

Since being let go from the Sun Times, Scott has fought working 2 and 3 jobs to keep his family surviving and afloat. In the past few months, Scott had 2 eye surgeries (one being in the last 48 hours). This has caused them to incur some pretty extreme medical co-pays.  We are asking to just give a little to the man that has always given to us.  

Any and ALL proceeds are going directly to Scott and Cathy Stewart to help them pay for medical expenses they have incurred in the last months. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you may have. I did not tell Scott I was doing this, but he will know soon enough when he sees us all chipping in to give them a helping hand! 

Scott we can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generosity these past years. Some have known you longer, some not as long. But I am sure you have touched every life that will read this, as much as you have touched mine. 

Whatever small or large amount we raise, I hope that this will help you guys in any way you need it. 

We all love you very much and hope for a speedy & positive recovery from this last surgery!

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New engine for Brookfield (more)

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Brookfield, IL so #30415

Brookfield FD Engine 411

Brookfield Engine 411. Pierce composite

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