Rockford Teen Rescued from Burning Home
Firefighters rescued a 14-year-old boy from the basement of a burning home Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters arrived at the home at 1214 22nd Avenue to find heavy fire coming from the rear of the home. Neighbors told firefighters that they feared that children might be in the home, so firefighters began a search while others attacked the blaze.
While searching the basement, Engine 11's crew found a 14 year old boy who was unable to escape because of heavy smoke on the first floor. An additional crew was sent to the basement with a breathing mask for him, and he was then taken through the heavy smoke on the first floor and out of the building to a waiting ambulance.
His injuries are not life threatening, and there were no other injuries.
Sorensen Named Park Ridge Fire Chief
Three months after taking over as acting fire chief in Park Ridge, Jeffrey Sorensen learned Wednesday (Dec. 17) that he’s been permanently promoted.
City Manager Shawn Hamilton made the announcement at the Park Ridge City Hall Christmas lunch in the City Council chambers.
“Six thousand, four hundred and twenty days ago, Jeff Sorensen joined the city,” Hamilton said.
“He’s been filling the acting chief role very well. The fire department office is outside my door, and I could see the passion and the desire he brings to the job,” Hamilton said, adding his appreciation for Sorensen’s efforts with the department.
Sorensen’s wife, Eileen, invited to see him presented with “an award,” was introduced as his new title was announced.
“I couldn’t be happier than with the fire department,” Sorensen responded as he said thanks to everyone.
“I certainly did not expect the job,” he told the Journal on Wednesday, adding, “This town’s done a lot for me.”
The Sorensens have been residents for the past 14 years. Their family also includes their son, Jeffrey, a student at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School.
Chief Sorensen joined the department as a firefighter/paramedic on May 20, 1997, was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and to deputy chief in 2008.
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House fire in Urbana; No cause determined
Urbana firefighters do not think they will be able to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a home in the southeast part of the city Wednesday afternoon.
"There were a lot of items in the house," said Division Chief Kyle Hensch. "That will make it difficult to determine the actual cause of the fire."
Firefighters were called to a ranch house at 1109 Silver St. at 1:50 p.m. by a passer-by who noticed smoke coming from the ranch house.
They found the 74-year-old owner occupant, unharmed, in the yard. She subsequently went to a neighbor's to keep warm and was getting help from the Emergency Support Services team. Hensch declined to release her name.
Firefighters had the fire under control within minutes but stayed there about two hours combing through the debris.
Hensch said the fire apparently started behind a bedroom door. It extended into two bedrooms and a hallway, he said. The owner was unable to shed any light on what might have caused it, he said.
Firefighters seek funds to equip Lee County squad cars
Lee County fire departments hope to make their county a little safer by raising funds to equip each sheriff’s department squad car with a defibrillator. More defibrillators out in the county means more lives saved, rationalized Amboy Fire Chief Jeff Bryant, who’s spearheading the effort.
At a meeting Dec. 2, Bryant challenged all 10 fire departments in the county to raise $3,500 each, which would buy two defibrillators.
“We’re going to buy them as we go,” Bryant said. “Just to get them out on the road as soon as possible. There are a lot of things going on in each community, but this is a great way to help out. It’s really going to make a big difference for what we do, especially as far as improving the patient outcome.”
The fire departments, in addition to Bryant’s, are Dixon City, Dixon Rural, Franklin Grove, Ashton, Paw Paw, Compton, West Brooklyn, Harmon, and Sublette.
The idea is that deputies patrolling in their squad cars are likely be somewhere nearby if someone has a cardiac problem, providing a 24-hour lifesaving service.