Archive for February 4th, 2021

Lake Zurich Fire Department news

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Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcolm has retired, the village announced Tuesday morning. He was hired by the village in 2015 after beating out more than 40 applicants for the job after spending the previous 29 years in the Mount Prospect Fire Department.

Deputy Chief David Pilgard, who has worked in the Lake Zurich Fire Department for more than 32 years, has been appointed acting fire chief. 


Lake Zurich, IL. – After more than 5 years of service to the Village of Lake Zurich, John Malcolm has retired as the fire chief. The village thanks him for his service and wishes him all the best in all his future endeavors.

Deputy Chief David Pilgard has been appointed as the acting fire chief while the village analyzes its options moving forward. David is a 32 plus year veteran of the Lake Zurich Fire/Rescue Department and has been serving as it’s deputy chief for the last 2 years.

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Deputy Chief David Pilgard has been appointed as the Acting Fire Chief. He is a 32+ year veteran of the Lake Zurich Fire/Rescue Department.

Lake Zurich Fire Department Deputy Chief David Pilgard

Lake Zurich FD Deputy Chief David Pilgard

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Glenview Fire Department news (more)

From Glenview Prof. Firefighters Assoc. IAFF Local 4186 on Facebook:

Station 13 has been slated for closure! Due to a recent village board decision, your fire department is scheduled to reduce service through the elimination of an engine company.

This will primarily affect the East Side, but all of Glenview, the Glenbrook Fire Protection District, and the Village of Golf will be impacted in many ways.

Glenview FD Fire Station 13

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Fatal fire in Arlington Heights, 2-4-21 (more)

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The Arlington Heights Fire Department responded at about 8:16 a.m. to the 1900-block of North Spruce Terrace after a report of a house fire. Firefighteres entered the home and found a 75-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife. They were transported to Northwest Community Hospital and both died shortly after arriving.

The fire was brought under control by 8:44 a.m. with help from neighboring fire departments.

The fire originated in the kitchen based on preliminary evidence. The state fire marshal is involved with the investigation to determine the cause.

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An elderly couple died in a fatal house fire Thursday morning in Arlington Heights, the third deadly blaze in the northwest suburbs in recent weeks. Authorities identified the husband and wife as Lewis Smith, 75, and Joan Smith, 72, of the 1900 block Spruce Terrace.

They were found unresponsive in their home shortly after 8 a.m. and were transported to Northwest Community Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Firefighters arriving at the scene found flames coming from the roof and the windows blown out. Once inside the house, firefighters found the husband unconscious, near the top of the staircase, with his wife unconscious in a second floor bedroom. The couple was unresponsive and were unable to be revived at the scene.

A preliminary investigation found the fire likely started in the kitchen, and there were working smoke detectors in the home.


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Fatal fire in Arlington Heights, 2-4-21

Firefighters from Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, and Mount Prospect were dispatched to 1929 N Spruce Terrace in Arlington Heights around 8:20AM on Thursday (2/4/21) for a reported house fire. While en route, companies were advised that two residents might be inside and that neighbors reported hoarder conditions within the home. 

Flames were confirmed on arrival by Engine 2 who took a hydrant down the street followed by Palatine Engine 83 who setup in front of the house. The fire was in the rear of the house. Firefighters entered the house to search for the residents and found two adults. Both victims received medical attention before being loaded into ambulances. 

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes and companies then chased hot spots and smoldering fire found throughout the cluttered contents.

It was reported that neither of the occupants pulled from the house survived.

winter house fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo


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Posen Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-Posen Squad 2823, a 1991 Pierce Lance rescue pumper with a Waterous 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon tank.
Mike Summa
1991 Pierce Lance rescue pumper

Mike Summa photo

And from the files:

1991 Pierce Lance super command cab pumper

Larry Shapiro photo

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