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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news

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A group of firefighters have sued the village of Winthrop Harbor, claiming the Lake County community underpaid them for working an overnight shift each week.

On Aug. 13, a class action lawsuits was filed in Chicago federal court against Winthrop Harbor on behalf of the village’s firefighters.

Named plaintiffs in the action include Eric Zack, Joshua Trice, Allison Hancock and Lloyd R. Wollert.

According to the complaint, the firefighters are paid hourly and are all assigned to work one of six shifts over a 7-day work week. Five firefighters are also assigned each week to work a night shift from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on every 6th day of the work period.

However, according to the complaint, the firefighters assigned to that overnight shift are not paid their hourly wage, but rather are paid only a $50 stipend.

Further, the complaint accuses Winthrop Harbor of shorting firefighters overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 53 in individual work periods when required to work from 8:00 to 5:00 a.m. on every 6th day of the work period.

The complaint accuses the village of violating both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law.

The complaint asks the court to award the plaintiffs unpaid wages, plus 2% interest per month of alleged underpayments.

thanks Rob

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Winthrop Harbor fire engine for sale

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1996 Seagrave Custom Rescue Pumper
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Winthrop Harbor FD 1996 Seagrave Marauder fire engine for sale


1996 Seagrave TB-50-DF 1F9EV28T5TCVST2052 52,533 No Title Restriction

DETAILS: 1996 Seagrave Custom Rescue Pumper VIN: 1F9EV28T5TCVST2052– Miles: 52,533 – – Transmission: Allison HT740 Automatic Transmission — Engine: Detroit 6V92TA 400 HP Diesel with engine brake, Engine Hours: 1,607 — Exterior: White — Interior: Black/Gray PROVIDED CONDITION(S): Fire Truck is in good condition, can be driven away, regularly maintained, purchased new by the department. –TRUCK Length: 33′, Height: 9′ 6″, Wheelbase: 210″, GVWR: 47,000, Seating for 10; 9 SCBA seats – – PUMP Waterous CSU 1500 GPM Side-Mount Pump, Pump Heat Pan, 1000 Gallon Polypropylene Tank, Driver’s Side Discharges: (2) 2 1/2″, Front Discharges: (1) 1 1/2″, Crosslays/Speedlays: Crosslays: (2) 1 1/2″, (1) 2 1/2″, Officer’s Side Discharge: (1) 2 1/2″, (1) 3″, Rear Discharges: (2) 2 1/2″, Driver’s Side Suction: (1) 2 1/2″, Front Suction: 6″, Officer’s Side Suction: (1) 2 1/2″, Deck Gun Included, Pump hours: 1214 – – ELECTRICAL Electric Reels: (1), Onan 6KW Diesel Generator, Generator Hours: 395, Telescoping Lights (2) – – OPTIONS: Air Conditioing, Air Conditioning Hydraulic Ladder Rack, Ground Ladders: 24′, 14′, 10′, Federal Q Siren, Loose equipment NOT Included, Buyer responsible for removal of department graphics at their own cost — Personal Inspection Recommended CONDITION DISCLAIMER: Vehicle sells in AS IS condition with any listed, not listed, known, unknown, pictured or not pictured defects. It is the bidder’s full responsibility to inspect and verify condition(s). Vehicle was described by the seller to the best of their ability by non-mechanic personnel. Vehicle may have Holes, Plugs, Wear, Rips, Exposed Wires, Etc. from equipment removal. Vehicle may have defects – Dings, Dents, Scratches, Stains, Wear, Leaks, Holes, Dirt, Rust etc. Bidders are strongly encouraged to inspect prior to bidding. Placing a bid indicates you agree to this disclaimer. Buyer responsible for appropriate taxes, title fees etc. when registered in your state. We are willing to work with a shipper of your choice for pick-up but buyer is responsible for making all shipping arrangements.

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House fire in Zion, 8-5-21

From Max Weingardt:

Zion Box Alarm 8/5/21

Seagrave Meanstick quint

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Working fire in Winthrop Harbor, 9-23-20

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Beach Park, Newport, Zion, and Pleasant Prairie,WI  assisted Winthrop Harbor for a large garage fire at 207 Oakdale Ave. Zion 1811 was first in and found smoke with no visible flames from a metal pole barn garage. Crews found fire in the rafters, but had some difficulty gaining entry due to heavy storage inside the garage. Command ungraded to the Working Still, bringing Great Lakes, and Gurnee to the scene.
Jeff Rudolph
collect signs on barn

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news

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A Sunday morning fire caused extensive smoke and heat damage to Pinsters Bowl in Zion, but apparently burned out before firefighters responded, Winthrop Harbor Deputy Chief Bill Beetschen said.

The fire spread throughout the first floor of the bowling alley at 1646 Sheridan Road, but appeared to run out of flammable material and stop burning even though the business was not equipped with sprinklers. Employees discovered the fire after arriving shortly before 10 a.m. to open the bowling alley for business.

Firefighters received the call at 9:49 a.m. and arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and excessive heat coming from the building. Within an hour, firefighters determined the fire was extinguished, but by then it had spread throughout the first floor and caused heavy charring.

 The exact cause of the blaze was not yet known Sunday.

Firefighters assisted from Zion, Newport Township, Beach Park, Waukegan, Gurnee, and Pleasant Prairie, WI.

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news (more)

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Kenneth Kauppi, a former Winthrop Harbor firefighter pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted first-degree murder for allegedly setting a house fire this summer when he knew the residence was occupied by his aunt. He is being held in the County Jail with his bail set at $1 million.

The charges are related to Kauppi allegedly setting fire to the home of his 70-year-old aunt in Winthrop Harbor, and that according to grand jury indictments, he knew she was in the home at the time.

Kauppi also entered not guilty pleas to aggravated arson and arson related to the June 3 fire.

According to police reports, the woman was treated for mild to serious burns.

The judge set a trial date of Oct. 16 for Kauppi and scheduled a case management hearing for Sept. 15.

Prosecutors submitted 192 pages of discovery in the case, as well as DVDs that may be used as evidence, to Briscoe during the arraignment hearing Thursday.

In announcing his arrest, Winthrop Harbor police said Kauppi confessed to intentionally starting the fire.

On Feb. 27, Kauppi was terminated from his position at the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department by Chief Justin Stried after police accused Kauppi in December of forging checks. His aunt refused to pursue charges against him at that time.

According to police, the aunt was arrested prior to the June 3 fire in an arson at a residence in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., but those charges were dropped June 8 after Kauppi admitted to that fire as well.

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news

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A former Winthrop Harbor firefighter was being held on $1 million bail Thursday on charges of aggravated arson and attempted murder of his 70-year-old aunt, whom he is accused of attempting to frame for arson fires in Winthrop Harbor and Pleasant Prairie.

Keith Kauppi, 28, of Winthrop Harbor was taken into custody after authorities say he confessed to starting a December fire at the home of his aunt, Kathleen Kauppi and another on June 3 where the aunt suffered mild to serious burns.

According to police, Kathleen Kauppi was arrested this week for an arson fire in Pleasant Prairie after her nephew set her up, but those charges were dropped Thursday by prosecutors after the nephew admitted to that fire as well.

According to Joel Brumlik, chief of the Winthrop Harbor Police Department, the arson fires were an attempt by Keith Kauppi to hide the fact he was forging checks from his aunt’s bank account. On Feb. 27, Brumlik said, Kauppi was terminated from his position at the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department by Fire Chief Justin Stried after police accused Kauppi in December of forging checks. His aunt refused to pursue charges against him at that time.

Brumlik added that it is believed the arson incidents “were an attempt by Kauppi to conceal these thefts by killing his aunt.” 

Last week, police report, the aunt had gone to her brother’s house to stay, and then there was a fire there. According to the Pleasant Prairie Police complaint, Kathleen Kauppi, 70, was sleeping on a couch in the living room on Sunday night when Kauppi’s nephew and parents were awakened by a loud crash.

According to police, the nephew told investigators he ran downstairs to see the couch where his aunt was sleeping was on fire. He told police he threw water on the fire, extinguishing it, and then he and his father carried the couch, a burned blanket and some burned clothing outside. Police report the nephew said the living room smelled of gasoline.

The complaint states a police officer on the scene could smell gasoline on the couch, on a burned blanket and on scorched clothing found outside. According to the complaint, the aunt told a police officer that she “was sleeping on the couch when somehow it started on fire.” It states that she yelled at her relatives “she did not start the fire and would never speak to them again.”

Brumlik said the nephew started trying to forge is aunt’s checks again this week, and he was brought in for a several-hour interrogation where he eventually confessed.

After the confession, he accompanied an investigator from Winthrop Harbor to the scene, and he explained where he had placed the gasoline, said Sgt. Chris Willets of the Winthrop Harbor Police Department.

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The following departments have been added to the new site.

  • Lake Forest
  • Knollwood
  • Lake Bluff
  • Newport Township
  • Long Grove
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods
  • Winthrop Harbor

There have been some updates of newer or current apparatus, but most likely they are not completely accurate. Any assistance would be appreciated with regards to missing photos and fact checking department specs etc.

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New ambulance for Winthrop Harbor

From the FosterCoach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new Ford F450 chassis on a stock Horton conversion

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741. Foster Coach Sales photo

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

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Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

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Winthrop Harbor 2-Alarm fire, 2-2-14

Images from Tim Olk of a 2nd Alarm fire at 23072 W Lakeshore Drive in Antioch. The home was near Russell Road in an area protected by the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department. (too many fires … wrong address listed … sorry)

firemen working at night time winter house fire

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firemen working at fire scene

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firemen working at night time winter house fire

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firemen at winter house fire at dusk

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