Archive for July 22nd, 2017

Gurnee Fire Department news

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Former Gurnee Fire Chief Fred Friedl’s long tenure was celebrated at a ceremony Wednesday night.  The popular chief was relieved of duty last month when Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik decided not to reappoint him. It is for that reason perhaps that the ceremony did not happen during a Gurnee board meeting.

Instead, Friedl’s friends and former colleagues told him how much they appreciated him during the Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District board meeting in the training room at Fire Station No. 2.

The Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District pays the Gurnee Fire Department to provide its residents, who mostly live in unincorporated Lake County, with fire service.

Phillip DeRuntz, president of the three-member board of trustees, said that during his 13 years on the board, Friedl had been a constant he could rely on for help and counsel when times were tough.

Battalion Chief Jim Pellitteri, who worked under Friedl for several years at the Gurnee Fire Department, said Friedl treated everyone with kindness, even those weren’t kind to him.

The ceremony was paused briefly so the approximately 60 people who had gathered to honor Friedl could listen to a radio dispatcher read a message announcing Friedl’s final tone, a gesture done at most retirement ceremonies for high-ranking firefighters.

Gurnee’s acting fire chief, John Kavanagh, also gave a speech thanking Friedl, saying Friedl had allowed firefighters to grow as individuals over the last 20 years and make the department what it is today.

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Of interest … a beer brewed to memorialize Ed Switalski

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A Kalamazoo brewery is adding a new ale to its tap list. It’s a special beer, brewed to memorialize Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

“He was a great man and the firemen that are here are good friends,” said Brian Steele of Boatyard Brewing Company.

On Wednesday night, Switalski’s fellow firefighters decided to honor him with a special brew. They hope it will help keep his memory alive.

Switalski’s beer will be a red ale. Beyond that, they aren’t releasing many details about the ale, including what it will be named.

thanks Dan

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Palos Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa:

The backbone of many fire departments in the 1950’s.  Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316, a 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750-1000.  Enjoy and comment.
Mike Summa
1955 Mack B85/Bean fire engine

Palos Fire Dist. Tanker 6316 – 1955 Mack B85/Bean 750/1000. Mike Summa photo

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20th Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show

20th Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show