Hudson firefighters Talk About Crash Leading to Bloomington Firefighter’s Death
Hudson firefighters had mere seconds to brace for the impact of a 74,000-pound semitrailer truck that crashed into a line of emergency vehicles last year, killing one firefighter, according to testimony Tuesday in the reckless homicide trial of the truck driver. Chris Brown, a Bloomington fireman who was working as a volunteer Hudson firefighter when he was killed March 5, 2013, was outside a fire department command vehicle when he was struck by the semitrailer truck. Mansur Shakirov, 29, of Spokane, Wash., is accused of failing to move over and reduce speed to avoid hitting the stopped emergency vehicles.
The jury heard from Hudson Fire Chief Daniel Hite, Assistant Chief Jeff Thomas and five firefighters about the incident that started as a call for an accident involving two trucks on a night Interstate 39 near Hudson was icy but visibility was clear despite some blowing snow.
Woman dies in mobile home fire near Norwood
A mobile home fire Tuesday evening claimed the life of a woman inside, said Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersol. Information about the victim was unavailable late Tuesday. It was also unclear if anyone else was in the mobile home during the fire.
Multiple fire crews responded to the fire about 7:15 p.m. at 7219 West Farmington Road, just west of Norwood.
Fire crews led by the Limestone Fire Department eventually knocked down the fire about 7:45 p.m. as whipping winds in the open field kept the mobile home ablaze, said Limestone firefighter Dale Hoerr. The mobile home was a total loss.
Peoria Journal Star
Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 president re-elected
Chicago firefighters and paramedics have a history of changing union presidents about as often as Imelda Marcos changes shoes. On Tuesday, they broke the mold and stayed the course.
A chronically ornery rank and file re-elected Tom Ryan to a third three-year term as president of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. The entire executive board was re-elected along with Ryan.
Ryan beat back a challenge from Engine 113 Capt. Joel Burns, who is one of a handful of colorful Chicagoans featured in CNN’s eight-part reality miniseries “Chicagoland.”
In a video posted on his campaign website, Burns accused Ryan of being too passive in his opposition to the cost-saving operational and pension concessions Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking.
Chicago firefighters have been without a contract since the old one expired on June 30, 2012.
Shawneetown man killed in fiery crash
A Shawneetown man was killed when his semi tractor-trailer crashed into a tree and caught fire about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. William Hershel Rigsby, 61, Shawneetown was pronounced dead with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday, according to a release from Gallatin County Coroner Tony Cox. Rigsby was a driver for R.G. Berry Trucking Company of Shawneetown.
According to a release from the Illinois State Police District 19, a northbound semi tractor-trailer driven by Thomas E. Woodworth, 42, Mounds, driving for Britton Trucking, lost a tire from the driver’s side rear tandem. The tire struck the southbound semi tractor-trailer driven by Rigsby, causing it to become engulfed in flames. Rigsby’s vehicle left the west side of the road and struck a tree. This collision propelled the engine and transmission of the tractor-trailer about 5 yards in front of the truck's final resting, according to Eldorado Fire Chief Mike McKinnies.
Woodworth refused medical treatment, according to the release from ISP.
Firefighters from Omaha were first on the scene and the truck was still engulfed in flame when they arrived. Eldorado and Shawneetown Fire Department assisted.
Harrisburg Daily Register
Lemont Police, Fire Step Up for St. Baldrick’s
Lemont's guns and hoses will go under the clippers for a good cause Saturday, March 15. Police officers and firefighters have signed up for St. Baldrick's Day, a volunteer-driven charity that raises funds to help find cures for childhood cancers. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a national non-profit organization that raises money for childhood cancer research. Volunteers with the organization typically host special events in which they shave their heads in solidarity with children who lost their hair during cancer treatment.
Led by Police Chaplain Terri O'Neiil-Borders, Lemont police are drumming up support for the cause, with a goal of $500. Eighteen Lemont firefighters will also shave their heads in memory of a coworker's daughter Macy Ganz, who lost her battle with cancer at just over 3 years old.