Archive for July 23rd, 2020

Hinsdale Fire Department news

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Twenty seven-year-old Nicole Hladik was the only female firefighter at the Hinsdale Fire Department, and the third in the town’s history, died by suicide Tuesday.

Nicki was a bright rising star in the fire service, she was beloved by all of us of course and very happy early on,” Brian Kulaga, Hladik’s uncle, said. Then she traded shifts and suddenly just a lot of negativity and then leading up to today which was obviously a complete surprise to all of us,” he said.

The family said it doesn’t make sense. Our goal is, we just want someone to look into this, it’s not an accusation. It’s just the facts are, how could someone who was so happy and loved what she was doing go from one spectrum to the other end? It just doesn’t make any sense,” Joseph Hladik said.

The Village of Hinsdale released the following statement:

The Village of Hinsdale is heartbroken over the death of Firefighter/Paramedic Candidate Nicole Hladik, who took her life today. This is a devastating loss for her family and friends, the fire department, and the entire village.

We have been in contact with Nicole’s family; and, brought in grief counseling for our fire department. In the coming days, the village will seek an external evaluation to better understand what happened to one of our own.

We are grateful for having Nicole as a part of our village family. Her death is a loss for all of us, and we will keep everyone in our prayers. If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance, please call 800-273-TALK (8255).

DuPage County Coroner said autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday and no official ruling has been made on  the death.

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD history

Lisle-Woodridge FPD history

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one-of-a-kind Pirsch/LTI tower ladder

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Pierce Fire Apparatus history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

I sent for and received this brochure from Pierce in 1982.  Based on 1982 standards these were current and modern.  By looking at them you can see how technology has evolved.
Mike Summa

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Pierce Ladder Tower brochure

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Pierce Arrow Pumper Greenwood

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Pierce mini pumper

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Gary Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuar for #TBT:

The Gary Fire Department operated this 1950 American La France pumper Serial #L-4034. It had a 1000-GPM pump and a 300-gallon tank. It also carried a 40Ft. and a 38 Ft.  ladder as well as a 24 Ft. and a 12 Ft roof ladder. It ran as Engine Company No. 7  in Miller for many years.
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Gary Fire Department history

Wayne Stuart collection

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