Archive for August 25th, 2017

Downers Grove Fire Department news

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Downers Grove Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Pindelski will become the village’s new fire chief effective Sept. 1. He replaces Chief Jim Jackson, who will retire Aug. 31 following a 30-year career with the department.

Since joining the fire department in April 1993, Pindelski has served as a firefighter, lieutenant, battalion chief of support services, battalion chief shift commander, emergency management coordinator, deputy chief of operations, and deputy chief of administration. He has a master’s degree in public safety from Lewis University and a graduate certificate in managerial leadership.

Pindelski is a credentialed chief fire officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and a chief fire officer designee through the Illinois State Fire Marshal. He has participated in obtaining grant funding, negotiating union contracts, and preparing department budgets.

As manager of the ISO rating project, he helped the department obtain a Class 1 Public Protection Rating. In addition, he has authored several textbooks and numerous articles focusing on fire service tactics and leadership issues.

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Peoria Fire Department news

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Nick Riordan had a smile on his face as he watched the dozens upon dozens of people fill the Knights of Columbus hall on Wednesday to help raise money for him.

To those who know him, Riordan, a 3 1/2-year veteran of the Peoria Fire Department, would do nothing else than smile. Not even a possibly life-threatening diagnosis of neuroendocrine carcinoma got him down, say his buddies on the department.

For weeks, firefighters have worn bracelets for Riordan. Some even shaved their heads to show solidarity with the father of three who is undergoing chemotherapy to combat the stage 4 cancer. He was initially given months to live but his wife, Sarah Riordan, who was holding their 1-month-old daughter, said they had gone to a doctor in Denver and had gotten some encouraging news. Still, it’s an uphill battle with the medical bills, the time off work and just the stress for Nick Riordan, whose children are still too young to understand completely what is going on. “They just know Daddy’s sick and taking medicine to get well,” he said.

The firefighter-paramedic learned of the cancer in May when he went to the doctor for stomach pain. He thought it was a gall bladder issue.

People filled the social hall, wolfing down plates of food donated by area businesses. Others bid on one of the items on nearly a dozen tables in a silent auction. A woman who won a share of the 50-50 raffle donated her portion back to Riordan. 

Riordan said he’s taking things day by day. He’s hopeful the chemo will work. He paused and smiled as people came up to him and wished him well. His friend Lindholm has already told him he’ll get through it.

A GoFundMe page called “Relief for the Riordans” has been set up for the family.

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Decatur Fire Department news

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A fallen firefighter’s children were honored on their first day of school.

Micah Wakeman died in a tractor accident on June 12. The 43-year-old spent a long career working for the Decatur Fire Department as a firefighter, leaving behind a wife and four children. 

On Wednesday, other firefighters gave two of them an escort to school.

People who knew Wakeman say he carried a strong presence in the Decatur community. DFD Firefighter Doug Neff previously told WAND-TV the man was “full of life” and “didn’t know a stranger”. Decatur school leaders echoed the sentiment.

“He helped us out a little bit with EMT training for the teachers several times,” said Mt. Pulaski Elementary School Principal Gene Newton. “He was in the office quite a bit. Anything we needed, he’d help out. He was very active in the local church that a lot of our kids are involved in, so all the kids knew him … he was just a very prominent person in the community.”   

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New engine for the Pontiac Fire District

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Pierce Pontiac Rural FPD, IL 30704

new fire truck for the Pontiac FD in Illinois

Pierce Pontiac Rural FPD, IL 30704

thanks Ron

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