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Prospect Heights Fire District news

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To honor late Firefighter Paul Miller, a blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Prospect Heights Fire District, 10 E. Camp McDonald Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The “Paul Miller Blood Drive” was made to honor Firefighter/Paramedic Miller who lost his life after a driver hit his motorcycle in April 2019. He succumbed to his injuries and passed away two days later on April 23.

Miller was prized as a hero in his communities, who began his journey with Prospect Heights and Highwood, continuing his journey with fire departments in Des Plaines and McHenry.

One recipient’s life was saved because of Miller’s organ donation. A man is currently breathing because of Miller’s lung donation, who remains in contact with the family today.

To honor Miller before his birthday, Nov. 10, his family asks participants to join the Prospect Heights Fire District in enjoying chili and cake.

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House fire in Des Plaines, 9-26-22

A Des Plaines firefighter working in the fire prevention bureau spotted smoke from the eaves of a house at 501 S. Mt. Prospect Road Monday just before 2PM. After speaking with individuals outside the home, he called RED Center to report the house fire. He then entered the home to convince two people to evacuate and subsequently reentered to complete a secondary search.

The working fire response brought three engines, two chief officers, and four Des Plaines ambulances, a chief, truck, and ambulance from Mount Prospect, a chief and truck from Prospect Heights, a Wheeling engine, and a Niles truck. Des Plaines Battalion 61 and Truck 61 were both training at NIPSTA and responded from there.

The origin of the fire was believed to be a second story bathroom, but the entire second floor attic space of the split-level home was involved when suppression companies arrived.

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Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 8-25-22

Prospect Heights and Wheeling firefighters were dispatched for a fire at 818 Old Willow Road on Thursday at 1PM. RED Center reported receiving multiple calls with shouting in the background and upgraded the incident to a Working Fire within minutes of the initial dispatch. Prospect Heights Chief 900 arrived first and reported heavy smoke and fire venting from the roof of a two-story, multi-unit apartment building with multiple people evacuating.

Crews made an interior attack and found heavy fire in the attack and an interior wall. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm for additional personnel to assist the initial companies. Des Plaines Tower 61 vented the roof. Of note, Des Plaines FD Tower 61 has been running with the reserve Northbrook FD Tower 12 for several months and is shown in front of the fire building.

Possibly six units sustained damage from the fire, water, or checking for extension, but the Prospect Heights Building Department deemed the entire building temporarily uninhabitable for all residents.

Companies at the scene included Prospect Heights Engine 39, Squad 9, 900, and Battalion 9; Wheeling Ambulance 24, Engine 23, Truck 24, 2400, 2401 and Battalion 24; Mount Prospect Ambulance 14 and 301, Des Plaines Tower 61, Glenview Engine 8, North Maine Engine 1 and Battalion 1, Niles Truck 2, Long Grove Squad 55, Buffalo Grove Engine 26, and Northbrook Tower 12.

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House fire in Prospect Heights, 1-26-22

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2022

PROSPECT HEIGHTS —Wednesday, January 26 at 7:48 p.m. the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported fire at 108 Patricia in Prospect Heights.  

Upon arrival, a two-story home was found to have fire in the attic. Heavy smoke was coming from all eaves of the roof, and no fire had spread into the home’s interior.  Within a few minutes of their arrival, the first engine had a hose stream on the fire and extinguished the original fire. Efforts were then focused on the fire spreading in the roof and attic. Simultaneous with this, a search was made of the home to ensure everyone was outside. The fire was brought under control and extinguished within 20 minutes of arrival using two hose lines and more than a dozen fire apparatus. Approximately 40 firefighters composed the response force. Firefighters spent nearly one hour checking for hot spots and fire spread to ensure the fire was completely out.

A total of five engines, five water tankers, two aerial trucks, two ambulances, one rescue squad, and several chief officers were at the scene. Besides the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District and Wheeling Fire Department that were initially dispatched, assistance was provided by Des Plaines, Glenview, Mount Prospect, and Libertyville fire departments; the Elk Grove Township, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Long Grove fire protection districts.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Prospect Heights Fire Protections District reminds everyone to always have two ways to escape from their home, to ensure smoke alarms are present and working, and to develop an emergency plan should their home be destroyed by a fire or other disaster.

Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Had this structure been equipped with fire sprinklers, the original fire would have been extinguished prior to the arrival of the fire department or at the worst, contained to the single room where it had started.

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Helicopter crash in Prospect Heights, 8-11-21

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Prospect Heights/ Wheeling helicopter crash 8/11/21

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Double fatal MVA in Prospect Heights, 9-30-20

Police and firefighters from Prospect Heights and Wheeling responded to a crash with entrapment Wednesday morning (9/30/20) that was reported at Wolf and Palatine Roads. The incident actually occurred at Messner Drive and Wolf Road with both vehicles crashing through an outer fence at the Chicago Executive Airport. An SUV was on it’s roof and a small box truck on it’s side at the edge of a taxiway. Two victims were entrapped and a third was ejected from one of the vehicles and was trounced dead at the scene. One of the other patients also died and the third was critically injured.

SUV upside down after serious crash

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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

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The Prospect Heights Fire District will host a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 at the district’s main firehouse to honor two civilians whose efforts helped save a life.

The first part of the ceremony will honor Gabriele Noreikaite and Tom Ciupka. According to Fire Chief Drew Smith, on June 2 the two were visiting family in Prospect Heights when they heard a car crash, investigated, and found a male patient unresponsive, not breathing, and slumped over the wheel of his vehicle.

They removed the man from the car and administered CPR until paramedics arrived. After care by the paramedics, who also will be honored, the man is doing well and will be discharged from a rehabilitation facility within days. He said that without their efforts, the outcome would have been very different.

The second part of our ceremony will swear in the fire district’s newest member, Michael Lynch, who started as a part-time employee two years ago and was recently promoted to a full-time firefighter.

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