Archive for April 20th, 2020

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD news (more)


Mark Robert Amore obituary

Mark Robert Amore, age 46, of McHenry, died Thursday, April 16, 2020.  Born Feb. 1, 1974 in McHenry, Mark was the son of Wayne and Christine (Dzanbozoff) Amore.  On Sept. 28, 2013, he married Jaimie Tabert in McHenry.   Mark became interested in emergency services at a young age chasing fire trucks through the streets of McHenry on his bicycle.

While he was in high school, he joined McHenry County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency as a radio operator. His first call was to respond to the Plainfield tornado in 1990. He also worked as a dispatcher for the city of McHenry for short time. From then on, he set a goal to become a firefighter paramedic. After high school, he began taking EMT classes at McHenry County College. His first job was with TEK Ambulance Service as an EMT. He went on to paramedic and firefighter classes at MCC. When he turned 21, he joined his father as a member of McHenry Township Fire Protection District, a proud moment for both. He retired from MTFPD as a lieutenant with 20 years of service.  

Mark’s love for heavy equipment and machinery took him to attend Local 150 Operating Engineers apprentice program. Upon completion, he was immediately hired by Lake County Grading, where he worked for 21 years. He was currently employed by Pirtano Construction.  

He was hired on May 1st, 2001 as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic with the Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District, where he was currently employed. As time went on, Mark became active as a mechanic for the district using the skills and knowledge he learned in McHenry.  

Mark was a member of the Lake County Underwater Recovery Team as a side scan sonar and boat operator. Mark was an avid boater on the Chain-O-Lakes; he loved the water. In the winter months, his focus turned to snowmobiling, where he never missed going to northern Wisconsin for riding action. He loved the north woods.  

Mark was truly in love with his wife Jaimie. She was his ALL. Their kids, Ayden and Brynlee, completed his dream of being a husband and a dad. He was so happy that, as a family, they could all explore boating, snowmobiling, and camping. Those were his most cherished times and made all his long hours of working pay off.  

Survivors include his wife of six years, Jaimie; a son, Ayden; a daughter, Brynlee; his parents, Wayne & Christine Amore;  his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cindy and Greg Tabert; his sister-in-law, Jenna (Scott) Ridenour; two brothers-in-law, Jason and Justen Tabert, his grandmother Marge Dzanbozoff;  his aunts, Sister Jean Amore, SMIC, Sandy Amore, Marge Amore, Margret “Peg” Stevens, Patty (Bill) Vavrik. Fran (Gil) MIchelini; his uncles, Damien “Buster” (Cindy) Amore; several cousins and very close personal friends.  

Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary Amore and Thomas Dzanbozoff; his uncles, Tom Amore, Terry Amore, and Ray Stevens; and his cousins, Cheri Amore and Tony Williams.  

Due to restrictions in place with the COVID-19 pandemic, a drive-through viewing for the public to pay their respects will be held at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.   All people paying their respects are asked to remain in their cars at all times while in line at the funeral home and follow signage in the funeral home parking lot.   A private funeral

Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Holy Apostles, in McHenry. While this service is limited to Mark’s immediate family, live streaming will be available with the following link:   Burial will be in St. Patrick Countryside Cemetery, McHenry.  

His family has suggested memorials to M.A.C.C. (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) at or to the Mark Amore Tribute Fund to support the future needs of his children.
Checks can be mailed to Mark Amore Tribute Fund, C/O Justen Funeral Home, 3700 Charles J Miller Road McHenry IL 60050 and they will be forwarded to his family.  

For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends and neighbors may share memories with the family on Mark’s tribute wall.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

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On Wednesday April 15, the Mount Prospect Fire Dept. officially moved into its new headquarters Station 13 at 111 E. Rand Rd. The village board approved the project in 2018 and construction began in 2019. The project involved adaptive reuse of an existing building, saving $3.7 million in overall costs versus the construction of a new building.

The total project budget of $10.37 million included the purchase of the land and existing building, design fees and soft costs, hard construction costs, project contingencies, plus furniture and fixture purchases. The project was funded through bond sales completed in 2018 and was structured to have zero effect on future tax levies, due to a financing strategy developed by staff and financial consultants, which included refinancing old debt and using village reserves and moderate use of capitalized interest in the debt service repayment plan.

The village recently announced a proposal to redevelop a portion of Block 56 in Mount Prospect’s downtown, which is the block bounded by Northwest Highway, Maple Street, Busse Avenue, and Emerson Street. The proposed development would include the site of the police and fire headquarters and the Chase Bank property at 111 E. Busse Ave.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

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Curtis Perlman, a trustee on the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District board, has dedicated himself in recent weeks to connecting first responders firefighters. paramedics, and medical personnel with masks, sanitizer, and other protective supplies. He has become a sought-after source for local fire and police chiefs. He leased a pickup truck last month for deliveries of supplies and has already put about 4,000 miles on it.

Most supplies come from charities and businesses that are looking to donate them and need help with distribution. He has worked with four local sanitizer-producing distilleries as well as traditional medical supply companies. He found others on Facebook looking to help and is saddened that such a need for supplies exists.

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Historic Chicago audio from 2-11 Alarm fires in 1976

This from Steve Redick:

Thanks to Steve Little for sharing this audio from two 2-11 Alarm fires in 1976 

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-21-20

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

3/21/2020- Just after midnight, the 15th Battalion landed at 38th and Ashland (3752 s Ashland) and reported he had a working structure fire. After nearly 20 minutes, he requested a Still & Box as he pulled all members out to go to defensive operations. A68 transported one member in serious condition to the hospital after an incident inside the fire building. Three 2.5″ lines were led out and three aerial master streams were also utilized. TL39, AT8, and Sq1’s Snorkel provided the aerial master streams. A 2-11 was eventually requested by 2-2-4. Most of the 2-11 companies were not utilized. Also of note, this was the first fire in which AT8’s brand new rig utilized its pre-piped waterway.

huge fire at night with flames

Chi-Town Fire Photos

E-ONE CR-137 in Chicago

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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