Archive for October 25th, 2019

New quint for Leyden Township (more)

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The Leyden Fire Protection District at 2600 Manheim Road in Franklin Park hosted an open house on October 19 to showcase the acquisition of a new Quint and a Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance to their fleet. The purchase of this equipment was made possible by a 1.5 million bond issue voted for on the March 20 primary ballot. The referendum received an overwhelming 80% support. The ten-year bond takes effect now and will increase fire district residents’ tax bill by approximately $30 per year. The new equipment replaces a 1996 truck and a 2013 ambulance, both of which have outlived their life expectancy according to Chief Kory Ryan.

The Quint gets its name from the Latin quinque, meaning five, and refers to the five functions the unit provides: a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, a 500-gallon water tank, 1200 feet of attack and supply hose, a master aerial device, and 85 feet of ground ladders. The Quint was designed to specifications set by the firefighters that include replacing roll-up doors with hinged doors, the ability to bed hose from the ground, and a 78-foot aerial ladder. The firefighters flew to Ocala, Florida to work with E-One, the leading emergency response vehicle manufacturer.

The Leyden Fire Protection District is part of MABAS Division 20 covering unincorporated Leyden, and through a mutual aid agreement with surrounding towns they also cover unincorporated Melrose Park, Franklin Park, parts of Bensenville and Northlake. The firehouse runs three 24-hour shifts with four full-time firefighters and two paramedics per shift.

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Fatal crash in Milwaukee, WI – 10-24-19

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Three children were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near 22nd Street and Center Street Thursday evening, Oct. 24, and one died. The driver did not stop.

Police said the hit-and-run crash happened around 5:30 p.m. when a driver disregarded a red light. The crash involved a 10-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old girl — as well as two vehicles. Officials were not sure if the children were struck by both of the vehicles — but said both vehicles fled the scene. The 6-year-old girl died. The other two children, including the 6-year-old’s sister and cousin, were seriously hurt.

The striking vehicle was described as a 2007-2009 Saturn Aura, gray in color, with front end damage and tinted windows.

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For the next two months Milwaukee police will publicize the names, booking photos, and arrest information of people convicted of and sentenced for felony reckless driving and/or fleeing an officer. The new practice of publicizing the information on the Milwaukee Police Department’s social media platforms is called the “Keep MKE’s Streets Safe” initiative.

Many of those arrested for the offenses are career criminals, and 32 arrested this year have been arrested at least twice for fleeing from police.

The announcement came after a crash that injured three people in the 3100 block of North 35th Street and followed a police pursuit.

Officers were chasing a stolen vehicle involved in an armed robbery/home invasion reported a short time earlier in the 2700 block of West State Street after the driver failed to pull over during an attempted traffic stop. The officers canceled the pursuit, but the driver continued to flee recklessly before crashing into another vehicle.

Currently, officers may chase vehicles linked to violent crimes and are allowed to pursue cars tied to drug dealing or reckless driving.

On Aug. 1, Lequon McCoy, 19, was killed when the driver of a car being chased by police that reached speeds as high as 80 mph ran a red light and struck his Jeep Renegade at North 12th and West Locust streets.

police chase April 18 in which 18-year-old Larenzo Jones was fatally injured stemmed from a shooting that wounded two girls, ages 13 and 16, and a 14-year-old boy. Jones was in the suspect vehicle.

And on June 7, 2018, Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr., 23, was killed in a rollover crash on the city’s northwest side during a pursuit of a reckless driver. His partner, Officer Matthew Schulze, who was driving, was also was injured.

thanks Asher

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