Illinois News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Carpentersville fire battalion chief’s death caused by bee stings

Carpentersville fire Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf's death was brought on by anaphylactic shock after being stung by bees, according to a medical examiner's report. The report, obtained by The Courier-News from the Knox County Regional Forensic Center through a Freedom of Information Act request, notes authorities in Sevier County received a 911 call on July 16 concerning Middendorf, 46. Middendorf died July 18 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn., in Knox County. The report lists the cause of death as "anaphylaxis due to bee sting." The Middendorfs have a home in the Sevierville, Tenn., area, where friends said the family intended to retire.
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site

Mapleton fire displaces about a dozen people; one reportedly sent to hospital

About a dozen people were displaced and one person reportedly was taken to a hospital when an apartment building caught fire Thursday night in Mapleton, according to authorities. The fire was reported at 7:26 p.m. at the Mapleton Inn at 9318 S. Powell Road, said Logan-Trivoli Fire Chief David Tuttle. The Timber Hollis Fire Department responded to the fire, and the Logan-Trivoli and Tuscarora fire departments assisted, Tuttle said. The Mapleton Inn is used primarily for apartments, Tuttle said, adding the fire started in Apt. 20 and spread to at least one other apartment.
Peoria Journal Star

Bomb, Arson Unit Responds to Chicago’s O’Hare for Truck at Terminal 3

Bomb and arson officers were at O'Hare Airport's Terminal 3 Friday morning after an unauthorized semi truck was in front of the upper level of the terminal, authorities confirmed. Police said the officers were at the scene as a "precautionary measure" until the truck was removed. It was not immediately clear why the truck was parked in front of the terminal, but no driver was inside when authorities arrived, police said. Police dogs investigated the vehicle and it was eventually towed away.
NBC Chicago

Pekin firefighters deliver family ’miracle’

Mike Isenberg had no possessions of his late father, a former Pekin firefighter, only bittersweet memories. His daughter, Bridget, barely knew the man. The three came together this month, in a way that has the two believing Richard Isenberg made it so with love from the afterlife. “I look at it as an incredibly fateful thing, so does my daughter,” Mike, 64, said from his Hollywood, Calif., home. His father returned to their lives last Sunday when Pekin Firefighter Nic Sandifar placed in Bridget’s hands two badges, in their leather cases, and ID cards that Richard Isenberg carried as the department’s fire inspector before he retired in 1982.
Morton Times-News

Peoria Fire Department plans to teach 8,000 people CPR in next two years

During a pop-up class Aug. 2 in the Peoria County Courthouse square, people learned that CPR is a lot easier than it used to be. For bystander CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is out. Studies have shown chest compressions alone can greatly increase a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest, said Roland Tenley, the Peoria Fire Department’s EMS quality assurance officer, who hosted the pop-up clinic. That’s good news because people are more likely to perform CPR if they don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth, said Tenley. “Mouth-to-mouth scares people, especially if the victim is someone they don’t know,” he said. “Now they can just do chest compressions.”
Peoria Journal Star

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Man Found Dead In Fire That Damaged Three Of Chicago’s North Lawndale Buildings

Firefighters found a man’s body in a burning building early Thursday in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The fire started around 3 a.m. in an abandoned building in the 1800 block of South Drake Avenue. During an initial search of the building, firefighters found a man dead in a first floor bedroom of the building, according to Fire Department Deputy District Chief Chuck Maes. It was not immediately clear how the man died. “It was boarded up. Fire companies made entry in there. They knocked the main body of fire. During their initial search, the primary search, they did find a recovery of one victim, male. At this time, it’s a crime scene” Maes said.
CBS Chicago

Thermal Imaging Cameras Granted To Lake Forest Fire Department

The Lake Forest Fire Department has received a grant from ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to replace and buy more thermal imaging cameras as part of the Powering Safe Communities program, which awarded grants of up to $10,000 to more than two dozen municipalities in Illinois. It's the third year of the program, and this year it has increased the total amount of money distributed as well as the number of projects supported. Lake Forest's $5,369 grant will allow its fire department to conduct emergency searches more rapidly and maximize the number of survivors. Thermal imaging cameras can also prove to be a vital tool in the identification of live power lines, especially during severe weather.
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber Pays Surprise Visit to Firehouse

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber surprised a group of firefighters on Wednesday, as he popped into Engine 112 in the city’s North Center neighborhood. Schwarber, who visited the firehouse as part of his Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes program, brought along his dog Blue as he thanked firefighters for their service and made a donation to the department: Schwarber donated a 65-inch TV and a new Playstation to the firehouse, according to the Chicago-Sun Times. He also grilled out for the firefighters, making them brats and hot dogs at the station.
NBC Chicago

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