Archive for May 11th, 2023

Illinois Fire Service news

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed a law providing full disability benefits to Chicago police officers and firefighters struck by COVID-19 before vaccines were available, presiding over an emotional statehouse ceremony which marked the end of a financial struggle for emergency workers including the brother of Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

The Act-of-Duty law, HB3162, ensures disability benefits of 75% of salary plus health insurance for anyone unable to work after contracting the coronavirus from March 9, 2020, when the flare-up intensified in Illinois, until June 30, 2021. The law grants them the presumption that they picked up the illness on the job.

Pritzker said after COVID-19?s arrival in early 2020, police, fire and medical personnel were both a line of defense and a lifeline.

Mendoza’s brother, 58-year-old police Det. Joaquin Mendoza, was a veteran officer who worked the midnight shift. With no spouse or children, work was his only focus. In November 2020, when the city canceled days off, he worked 17 straight days, woke up one morning with a cough and two days later was rushed to the hospital with COVID-19.

He moved in with his sister and her family and since then, he’s had five strokes and lost both kidneys, requiring thrice-weekly dialysis. But the Policeman’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago denied his claim for full disability because there was no proof that he contracted the virus on the job. The board also denied Officer Diana Cordova-Nestad.


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Calumet City Fire Department news

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The Calumet City Fire Department received a federal grant for close to $1.9 million awarded by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The check was presented during a ceremony at city hall on Monday, and the nearly $1.9 million will be used to upgrade the department’s emergency fleet and equipment.

This is especially crucial for Calumet City, as its closest hospital — Franciscan Health Hammond, formerly St Margaret’s — closed a few months ago. The closure adds transport time during responses and additional strain on the department.

“The SAFER Grant will provide $1.9 million as was stated for three years, and unlike others, this is 100 percent funded,” said Fire Chief Glenn Bachert.

“These funds will allow Calumet City to hire more firefighters, and ensure that our fire department has the necessary staffing levels to keep our communities safe. The grant will also support operations and safety measures that will further strengthen our emergency response capabilities,” said Rep. Kelly.

For the Calumet City mayor, the donation hits close to home after a recent accident and how the department came to his rescue.

thanks Dennis

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Beecher Fire Protection District news

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

TBT-The Beecher FPD’s Engine 404(old number), a 1996 Pierce Saber 1250/750.  Enjoy and comment.
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