Archive for December 22nd, 2021

Of interest … sentencing in death of off-duty Swansea firefighter

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 24-year-old Nicholas Washington was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter and felony resisting arrest for crashing into and killing an off-duty Illinois firefighter while fleeing from police in the St. Louis area.

A St. Louis County officer tried to stop Washington on April 4, 2019, but disengaged and turned off his lights after the Chevrolet Camaro sped away, officials said when they charged Washington. Prosecutors said the Camaro reached speeds of more than 90 mph before striking Brett Korves’ car as he tried to turn left. The 30-year-old married father of a toddler was a paid on-call firefighter for the Swansea Fire Department. He also worked as a delivery driver for a company in north St. Louis County and was on his way to that job when he was killed.

In the wake of his death, Korves’ family started a nonprofit Brett’s First Responders aimed at helping the families of emergency personnel killed outside of the line of duty. Korves’ family also sued Washington in St. Louis Circuit Court and reached a settlement.

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 Peoria Fire Department news

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For four days this week, the Peoria Fire Department said it’ll temporarily suspend service to Engine Company 2, which is out of Station #8 located on Hurlburt Street because staff have been affected by COVID-19, leaving the station empty-handed.

The temporary suspension runs from Dec. 22-25, but Battalion Chief Jim Bachman said there are no guarantees that the time frame will not expand. Engine Company 2 returned to service on Nov. 1 after the remainder of the existing operational budget for 2021 showed enough funds to bring the engine back into service. Bachman is confident that no matter what happens, the engine will be recommissioned in 2022.

Despite continuously monitoring their operational finances to stay within budget, Fire Administration said there were some unexpected expenses.

Residents will continue to receive service from the 11 fire stations within city limits.

“Regardless of how many people live in that area, I’m confident that the fire department can make whatever adjustments they have to so that when backups from other stations are needed, they are in a position to make those things happen in a timely manner,” said Jackson.

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Crash with injuries in the North Maine Fire Protection District, 12-22-21

Park Ridge Tower 36 was first on the scene of a two-car crash this morning (12/22/21) in the intersection of Golf and Dee Roads in unincorporated Cook County. They were returning to quarters from the House fire in Des Plaines. North Maine FPD Battalion 1, Ambulance1, and Engine 1R responded to the scene. One patient was transported to the hospital.

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House fire in Des Plaines, 12-22-21

Des Plaines Ambulance 61 and North Maine FPD Engine 1 were dispatched to 51 N. East River Road early this morning (12/22/21) for trouble breathing. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire from the 1st floor living room of a three-unit, split-level house and reported the working fire. The ambulance crew reportedly made entry prior to the first hose line and rescued a resident from a second floor bedroom that was filling with smoke. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm for additional resources. The fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of all responding companies and was contained to the unit of origin. 

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