Naperville Fire Department presents historic photograph to Naper Settlement
Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis and Bureau Chief of Community Services Andy Dina presented Naper Settlement with the Naperville Fire Department's 2012 inaugural composite photo that represented all 202 members of the department. Each member of the department, including 185 firefighters and administrative staff, was photographed and the individual photos were assembled into a 40-inch by 40-inch frame.
Chief Puknaitis said, "We have never done anything like this composite photograph before. We are creating a legacy. If we don't do this, the history will be lost."
The photographs will be added to Naper Settlement's Naperville Fire Department Collection, which dates back to the department's founding in 1874, and includes photographs, objects, artifacts and the Joe Naper Pumper, Naperville's first piece of firefighting equipment. The Naperville Fire Department is one of the oldest continuously operating fire departments in the United States.
Bureau Chief Dina said, "We wanted to donate the composite photo to Naper Settlement, which is preserving our history for us."
"We are proud to support the Naperville Fire Department," Naper Settlement President and CEO Rena Tamayo-Calabrese said. "Through their donation, we continue to be the institutional memory of the community."
Adams County first responders receive FEMA grant
Adams County first responders will soon be better equipped to respond to a carbon monoxide leak.
EMS Chief Paul Davis says Adams County Ambulance and EMS are getting a $33,000 dollar grant from FEMA to help pay for carbon monoxide monitors.
Davis says the monitors will help assess people who may have carbon monoxide poisoning, and help keep firefighters safe when battling fires.
"Any fuel when it's burning emits carbon monoxide gas, so our firefighters are subject to that," said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin.
Salrin says it's important for firefighters to closely monitor carbon monoxide levels, otherwise they could be in a dangerous situation.
"If it's elevated enough and they're in it long enough, it could be flu like symptoms," Salrin said. "More elevated levels would be, their skin would start to turn to a reddish color."
But Adams County Ambulance crews are getting a new tool to help keep firefighters safe.
"We also respond to structure fires throughout Adams County, Quincy, Tri-Township and all the fire districts in Adams County and this is just one more way we can support them in their operations and safety," Davis said.
Davis says the monitors work by clipping on to your finger, and that tells crews how much carbon monoxide is in the patient's blood.
Firefighter formerly accused in sex abuse case sues Chicago, officers
A suburban firefighter who faced sexual abuse charges in 2013, only to have those charges dropped, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago and multiple city police officers.
The suit, filed this week in federal court on behalf of Merrionette Park firefighter/paramedic Michael Haas, states that he was charged with allegedly serving as a lookout during a sexual assault though there was no evidence or probable cause to back up his arrest or the charges leveled against him.
The charges against Haas were dismissed in May 2014, according to the lawsuit.
Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Sally Daly confirmed that charges against Haas had been dropped, but that charges against his onetime co-defendant, Marvin Buhle, were pending.
"Wholly lacking in probable cause, Plaintiff was placed under arrest for attempted criminal sexual abuse," the lawsuit states. Officials with the city's law department declined comment Thursday, saying they had not yet seen the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges Haas was a victim of false arrest and had his right to due process violated, among other counts. Haas' photo and the charges against him "garnered media attention locally and nationally," according to the lawsuit.
The actions undertaken by the eight named defendant officers and other "unknown officers" "were so arbitrary as to shock the conscience," the lawsuit states.
Timothy Fiscella, one of the attorneys representing Haas, called the situation "unfortunate."
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Galesburg fire marshal takes on a new mission
After 20 years of fighting fires, Galesburg Fire Marshal Dan Foley submitted his letter of resignation Thursday with plans to apply his experience in developing countries.
The 52-year-old battalion chief’s first stop will be later this year in Nairobi, Kenya, with Africa Fire Mission, a faith-based nonprofit organization that donates supplies and training in African communities.
In many developing countries, Foley said, firefighting services and infrastructure are about 25 percent of what is recommended when compared to developed countries. Items essential to effective firefighting, such as self-contained breathing apparatuses, are hard to come by in many areas.
After the 10-day Kenya trip, Foley plans to move in the fall of 2016 to India with his wife, Patty, whom he married last year, and adapt a similar fire service program there.
“There’s a lot of things I’m going to miss,” Foley said. “I’ve enjoyed this job, especially enjoyed the job stationed as captain, but I also relish the days I was a firefighter. You get along with each other, you spend time with each other, eat together, look out for each other. It’s a nice family.”
His last day at the Galesburg Fire Department will be June 3.
Foley’s decision to move to India was prompted in part by his time spent as student at Knox College. Before graduating with an economics and business admiration degree in 1985, the Galesburg native spent time studying abroad in India.
LyondellBasell donates to Morris, Minooka fire departments
LyondellBasell recently awarded Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District and Minooka Fire Protection District $3,500 each in corporate grants.
The contributions were used to provide training for firefighters at the prestigious Texas Annual Fire Training School conducted at Texas A&M University, according to a news release from the company.
“Without the corporate partnership with LyondellBasell, our firefighters would not have the ability or opportunities to attend this high-caliber training,” Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes said in the news release.
Each year, thousands of fire service personnel from municipalities and industries participate in intensive weeklong training courses, which enable participants to acquire new skills by conducting hands-on incident response training.
“The Texas training school is impressive in not only size but in the wide variety of training scenarios,” LyondellBasell Morris Complex site Manager Brian Angwin said in the news release. “Because of our strong relationship with our local first responders, we wanted to provide exposure to this unique yet invaluable education.”
The Morris Complex is one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the Midwest.
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Fire damages east Urbana mobile home
A fire in a mobile home in east Urbana was put out quickly late Thursday morning, but not before doing moderate damage.
Edge-Scott Fire Protection District Capt. Taylor Clark said Will Eades was outside of his home at 46 Kickapoo Trail just after 10 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from the rear of his home.
"He was outside doing yardwork. He is the one who called 911. He tried to go back in but was turned back at the door by smoke," Clark said.
Urbana firefighters were the first to arrive at the Chief Illini Village mobile home park. They put out the fire.
Clark said the fire damage was heaviest in a master bedroom closet, but it's unclear exactly where or how the fire started. An investigator with the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System was asked to look into that.