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As seen around … Milwaukee County


From Asher Heimermann:

Crews responded to widespread damage in Milwaukee County on Wednesday, August 11 after severe storms rolled through the prior night. Thousands were without electricity for hours.
We Energies said the company was fully mobilized working on the largest restoration in the company’s history. Tuesday’s storms did so much damage to the power system, that in some places, it could take days to fix.
A number of vehicles and homes were damaged by fallen trees.
Storm damage in Milwaukee County, WI 8-11-21

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Storm damage in Milwaukee County, WI 8-11-21

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Storm damage in Milwaukee County, WI 8-11-21

Asher Heimermann photo

Storm damage in Milwaukee County, WI 8-11-21

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Chicago Fire Department history

From Steve Redick:

Engine 66, Squad 7. SS3 was organized in this house at a later time

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Smokin’ Heroes competition in Johnston, IA


This is Sgt Grandon with the Johnston, IA police department. I want to extend an invite regarding our annual Smoking Competition called Smokin’ Heroes. On the Evening of June 18th (Rules and meat handout) into June 19th (Tasting and Judging) 2021 at the Johnston Green Days festival. The charity competition is being used to raise money to offset the costs of Johnston IA youth to attend an International Camp called TOKA and visit our sister city Peja, Kosovo. All while having a cultural experience they will never get again. This experience cannot be had in a class room and expresses our overall approach as a department to work toward the betterment of the community at large.

The competition will pit police, fire, and military smoking teams against each other for bragging rights, the Smoking Heroes Championship Belt, and cash prizes! We will provide the pork loin, ribs, and whole chicken. You need at least one police, fire, military, or public safety person on your team. The last competition attendance was around 1,500-2,000. Hope to see you there!

Sgt Grandon, Community Policing Unit, Johnston Police

2021 Smokin' Heroes competition in Johnston IA

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As seen around … Evergreen Park

From Larry Shapiro


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Of interest … The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

This from Asher Heimermann:

From the Salvation Army website:

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of Greater Chicagoland responds to disasters with support and love to survivors and emergency personnel, including food, shelter, spiritual support and long-term recovery. The Salvation Army is usually the first organization on the scene, and often the last to leave. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.

The Emergency Disaster Services Chicago Metropolitan Division is located in Elk Grove Village and has a fleet of 10 vehicles

To view pictures of the entire fleet of vehicles click HERE
Salvation Army response unit

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A request for assistance

From a reader:


I have an amazing friend who lost her father due to a rescue accident when she was young, ever since she has held firefighters to a high respect as a way to remember her late father. 

She is soon to be getting married to the perfect man that of course is firefighter, her dream man! So I’m writing this message with hopes that I can create a very special gift for the two, as I know a big part of their wedding will also be showing a celebration of firefighters. 

I’m hoping maybe I can get some well wishes for the bride and groom, maybe patches, or just a photo and signature of the fire house and team. If interested I will pay for whatever materials and stamps needed to have this mailed so I can work on putting together a gift that the soon to be Mr & Mrs will truly be able to appreciated!

Thank you for your time and all that you do,


(contact the webmaster who will provide the email address to anyone that wishes to communicate with Courtney)


New home for Illinois apparatus (part 2) – Arkansas

More from Luke Whalen

Wilburn (Cleburne) X-Wauconda, IL Engine 3411 
Earle (Crittenden) X-Park Ridge, IL Engine 
Morriston (Fulton County) X-Lisle Woodridge, IL Engine 541 
Lake Hamilton (Garland County) X-Evergreen Park Truck 44
Marmaduke (Green County) X-Harlem Roscoe, IL Engine 3 
Floral (Independence County) X-Hazel Crest, IL Ambulance 1230
Joiner (Mississippi County) X-Rockton, IL Engine 1408
Oak Grove (Pulaski County) X-Itasca, IL Engine 810 
Colt (St. Francis County) X-Pleasantview, IL Engine 1511
Pangburn (White County) X-Mt. Morris, IL 5747 
Maynard (Randolph County) X-New Milford, IL Brush 

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New home for Illinois apparatus (part 1) – Tennessee

This from Luke Whalen:

Hello all, found some old area rigs, enjoy! All photos belong to owners. Thank you, Luke. 

Three Star (Tipton County) X-Round Lake, IL Engine 2615 
Paris Landing (Henry County) X-Wilmington, IL Engine 
Gibson (Gibson County) X-Barrington, IL Engine 3612 
Camden (Benton County) X-South Holland, IL Rescue 669
Chalk Level (Benton County) X-Barrington, IL Engine 3610 
Eva (Benton) X-Mendota, IL Engine 611 

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Steve Redick:

I finally had a chance to view this memorial. I remember the night this happened, I was listening to the CFD radio.
I always thought this was inside the firehouse.. It was done well and worth a look. A very sad story and I can’t imagine the suffering he went through before he died.
Firefighter memorial

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Of interest … Chicago Blackhawks and Firefighters

From Chicago Blackhawks @nhlblackhawks

Tonight’s edition of the anthem recognizes our local first responder and emergency response community – featuring firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical services from stations across Chicagoland.

click the link above to view the video