Illinois News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Man Found Dead At Scene Of HazMat Situation In Chicago’s Hyde Park

A man was found dead at the scene of a hazardous materials situation in a Hyde Park neighborhood apartment building early Wednesday on the South Side, police said. Paramedics responded about 2:30 a.m. to a report of a man unconscious and not breathing in a room in the three-story building in the 1200 block of East 53rd Street, said Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez. The 25-year-old man was dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality. About 4:15 a.m., while police were investigating at the scene, they notified fire officials of a “funny smell” coming from inside the building, Hernandez said. Fire officials upgraded the scene to a Level Two HazMat situation and at least six residents were evacuated from the building, he said. As of 6:45 a.m., decontamination equipment was in place.
CBS Chicago

River Forest fire chief stepping down after 13 years

Jim Eggert will step down this summer after 13 years as chief of the River Forest Fire Department, but he'll remain on a consulting basis to mentor his replacement, finish projects and serve as the department's institutional memory. As part of the responsibilities spelled out in a post-employment agreement approved unanimously by the River Forest Board of Trustees on April 24, Eggert will continue to provide Deputy Chief Kurt Bohlmann guidance in the areas of budgeting and human resources and other departmental operations and concerns after he becomes chief sometime this summer.

Peoria: Medical Facility, Firefighter Contracts Approved by City Council

Kids recovering from severe medical problems will officially have a new home in Peoria. City council members approved “Almost Home Kids”, a facility specializing in medical needs at a meeting Tuesday night. The company is based in Naperville and will partner with OSF Healthcare and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The facility will be built where Wee-Tee golf is currently located and should be complete by summer 2018. Council also approved a roundabout for Radnor Road and Alta Lane. The city is partnering with IDOT on the project, and close to 90% of it will be funded federally. The city will be responsible to pay for some of that project. A new contract with the Peoria Firefighters Association was approved by council. The city has been in negotiations with the union since August, 2016 and reached an agreement in January.
WMBD-TV Peoria

Fire truck, car crash in Rockford

A Rockford Fire truck was involved in a crash near downtown Tuesday morning. The fire department says the crash occurred around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Jefferson and Winnebago. The fire truck and a Ford Focus were involved in the crash. None of the four firefighters on the truck or the driver of the car were injured.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

Rolling Meadows Police, Fire Honor Citizens and Staff for Two Life-Saving Rescues in City One Day Apart

Civilians and firefighter/paramedics and a police officer were honored for two recent medical calls in Rolling Meadows. In each case a life was saved. Police Department Honors Geunyoung Pak for Narcan Save at Meijer Store On March 13, 2017 at about 3:40 a.m. for a call for help for a 39 year-old female that was stumbling and staggering in the Meijer store in Rolling Meadows. While Rolling Meadows police were responding, the woman collapsed in a toy aisle at the Meijer store. She had no pulse and no respiration. Rolling Meadows Police Officer Geunyoung Pak administered a Narcan injection in the woman’s thigh when he believed the woman had possibly overdosed on heroin or another opiate.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chicago Firefighter Injured Battling Lincoln Park Blaze

A Chicago firefighter was injured Tuesday morning while helping extinguish a blaze that damaged three apartment buildings in Lincoln Park. Flames shot through the roof of a four-story apartment building at 425 W. St. James Pl. around 2:30 a.m. People in the building next door described their frightening wake-up call. Justin Daly and Stephanie Staudohar were asleep in the building next door when they heard the noise from the fire, and at first thought it was a thunderstorm. “I heard something outside, and I just looked out the window, and it was like bright orange, and ashes falling down. So I woke her up and said ‘I think there’s a fire,’” Justin Daly said.
CBS Chicago

Edwardsville Fire Department shows off station at SIUE

The SIUE campus fire station has officially made its debut to the city of Edwardsville. The station, located on Northwest University Drive, was the site of an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning as local citizens, SIUE representatives, public safety and city officials gathered to celebrate. Edwardsville Fire Chief Rick Welle kicked off the celebration, giving thanks to all city staff, contractors, SIUE staff and public officials who were involved. “There were a few times I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking 'Oh my goodness, what did we miss?' Fortunately, just as we do in fire service, when something like this needs to be accomplished, it works through teamwork,” Welle said. “Today is a culmination of all of their work and I want to thank each and every one of them.”
Edwardsville Intelligencer

Fire leaves house in Naperville uninhabitable; no one injured

Margie Stirn wasn't sure what to make of it as she and her husband, Nick, pulled their car into the driveway of their central Naperville home Monday morning and tried to get inside using the garage door opener. Despite pressing repeatedly on the remote, the door refused to open, Margie Stirn said. Concluding there had been a power failure or similar problem, the couple got out of their car and walked to the front door of their house in the 1500 block of Chat Court. "Smoke just started pouring out" after her husband opened the door, Margie Stirn said. "All of the smoke alarms were going off. The whole house was filled with smoke." A call to 911 at 11:34 a.m. brought 24 Naperville Fire Department firefighters and 10 vehicles and pieces of apparatus to the Stirn's cul-de-sac. No one was home at the time, and the Stirns have no pets.
Naperville Sun

Retired Chicago Fireman Saved By Firefighters He Meets Every Morning For Coffee

Retired Chicago Fire Department Lt. Robert "Bob" Zolna visits the firehouse in Mount Greenwood six days a week to have coffee with firefighters, paramedics and others. But at 6:49 p.m. Feb. 9, those same firefighters and emergency personnel were dispatched to Zolna's home in West Beverly. They found him suffering from low blood sugar, which sent him into cardiac arrest. The medics shocked Zolna's heart six times in 10 minutes and were able to revive him. He's since returned to the firehouse at 3112 W. 111th St. — seated in the same chair surrounded by the men and women who saved his life. "You guys did a helluva a job," Zolna, 75, said Saturday morning. "I have nothing but thanks for the guys that are sitting in here." - Chicago

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