Carbondale Fire Chief Ted Lomax is hanging up his hat. The Chief says it's time for him to retire and spend more time with his family.
"When I first started on, I kinda had set an age for myself because this is a very physical and demanding job," Lomax, 55, said.
And it seems that from a young age, the signs pointed to him becoming a firefighter, "When I was in kindergarten, the man that lived by my grandma was a firefighter and I just always inspired."
Following years of having firefighter mentors, the real push came after Lomax was married.
"Her father was the fire chief here in Carbondale, and we moved back over here," Lomax said. "Once he retired, I started testing with this department and after about four years, I got hired."
Tragedy played a large role in his career, and one incident in particular made him even closer with his fellow fighters, and inspired him to become an officer and eventually chief.
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Firefighters say they made an alarming discovery following a deadly fire inside a business on the South side of Chicago.
Police say they found a body after putting out the fire around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.
Officers say the man found inside was murdered. The coroner’s office says Spitzig was shot in the head.
The fire happened in Kankakee on Harrison Avenue and Locust Street.
After firefighters gained control of the flames, the Kankakee business was left in a charred state.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross spoke with the victim’s family.
“To be honest, I’m in extreme shock right now. I am holding my strength together for my two children as best as I can,” said Peggy Wirtel, the victim’s mother.
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department ambulance and a minivan that injured 10 people, including two children who are now listed in stable condition after being treated for life-threatening injuries .
Police said they responded at 4:05 p.m. to the crash at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and West Street. t appears a 25-year-old Chicago man driving the 2002 Chrysler Town and Country minivan did not see a stop sign while heading south on West Street and continued into the intersection. The ambulance, which was headed west on Galena with its lights and sirens activated, struck the vehicle on the driver's side.
The minivan driver had to be extricated by firefighters and was taken to an Aurora hospital along with his passengers: a 20-year-old woman; two girls ages 3 and 12; and four boys, including 1-year-old twins and a 5- and 11-year-old.
It's been nearly three weeks since eight teens were burned at a weekend bonfire in Lombard.
Four of them suffered severe burns and had to be hospitalized. Two remain at the hospital.
Alyssa Wolff, 15, is many things: A varsity cheerleader, a friend, a school leader and now, three weeks after the accident, she’s also a motivator, hero and fighter.
“It was just like a huge explosion and the first instinct was to help my friends,” she said. One of the boys attending the gathering poured gasoline on the dwindling flames. ll of a sudden, Wolff was on fire. She said she remembered what she learned in kindergarten. She stopped, dropped and rolled.
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Firefighters from the Timber Hollis and numerous other area departments responded Thursday night to a brush fire at the Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Departments called for mutual aid included Logan-Trivoli, Copperas Creek, Tuscarora, Farmington, North Pekin, Limestone, Brimfield and Buckheart, said Logan-Trivoli Fire Chief David Tuttle, adding that the cause of the fire is not yet known.
The Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area is about 25 miles southwest of Peoria on U.S. Route 24. It is protected from the Illinois River by a major levee, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.
Tuttle said the fire call came in at 8:03 p.m., and mutual aid was requested at 8:28 p.m.
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The cause of a fire that left a commercial warehouse devastated late Wednesday night remained unknown Thursday as local fire officials and the state fire marshal’s office continued their investigation.
Located at 2301 South Banker Street in Effingham, the warehouse belonging to Effingham Environmental Resources sits behind the Clean uniform company and is owned by the Lee Patrick Kaufmann Revocable Trust, according to county documents.
The fire broke out at about 10:20 p.m., according to a press release from the Effingham Fire Department and upon arrival, firefighters reported “heavy fire.”
“It was through the roof when our guys pulled up,” Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy said on Thursday. “The building was pretty well involved. We had a high fire load inside with wood so that really fueled it.”
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