Monday, May 6, 2013
Around 600 racers participated in the first-ever Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk in Tinley Park on Sunday. The event earned about $10,000 for I Am Me, a nonprofit camp for young burn victims. Check out some of the images from the day.
The Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk organizers from the Tinley Park Fire Department and Fire Prevention Bureau had modest goals for the event, which was held Sunday morning at the 80th Avenue Metra station. For one thing, this was the inaugural outing for this benefit race, with proceeds going to I Am Me, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s children's burn camp, which helps kids with significant burn injuries ages 8 to 16 build self-esteem through outdoor activities. PHOTOS: Running 'Boston Strong' in the First Midwest Half Marathon The 5K also was competing with another race Sunday, May 5, the First Midwest Half Marathon in Palos Heights. Given those considerations, a turnout of about 200 runners and walkers would be considered …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Pat Bruce, of Oak Forest, entered his plea Thursday in connection with a March 1 crash that killed a Downers Grove woman, Sun-Times Media reports.
An Orland Park Fire Protection District lieutenant pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony reckless homicide and other driving charges in connection with an Oak Forest crash that killed a Downers Grove woman last month, Sun-Times Media reported. READ: Check Out the Full Sun-Times Media Story for More Details Pat Bruce, 45, of Oak Forest, was in Cook County court Thursday to enter his plea on the reckless homicide charge, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and reckless driving charges, the report stated. Bruce's next court date is May 17, the report added. Bruce, who was off-duty at the time, was driving eastbound on 167th Street, near Oak Forest, around 1:40 p.m. March 1 when his black Lincoln Navigator hit Anasis Knox's…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Lieutenant Pat Bruce was off duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time of the accident. He faces three charges in relation to the accident.
Updated: 12:55 p.m. An Orland and Crestwood firefighter involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of a Downers Grove woman Friday in Unincorporated Cook County has been accused of driving while on prescription medication. Patrick Bruce, 45, of Oak Forest, was given a $250,000 bail Monday morning in court, according to Sun Times Media. Prosecutors said he was on a prescription medication, was driving about 25 mph over the posted limit and was weaving out of traffic lanes at the time of the accident, according to the report. Bruce, an Orland Fire Lieutenant, was off duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time of the accident, according to Orland Park Fire Chief Ken Brucki. Bruce also is a part-time firefighter with the …
The business temporarily closed in response to the fire Sunday afternoon, but has since reopened.
Firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday afternoon at Orland Park Laundromat. The fire began at 1:40 p.m. in a dryer in the Jefferson Avenue facility and spread from there, according to reports from the Orland Fire Protection District. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was injured during the incident, although the fire resulted in moderate property damage. A team of 16 firefighters was dispatched to the scene and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes. The laundromat closed during fire operations, but has since re-opened. There are plenty of ways to keep up on local news:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Mokena oil tank spill indeed poses no known health risk, but officials acknowledge that someone should have notified the public.
Officials said there's no health risk resulting from the 900 barrels of crude oil that spilled in unincorporated Mokena on Nov. 20, but they acknowledged that more information could have been given to the public over the weekend. The leak of crude oil, destined for Superior, WI, was discovered at about 1 p.m. after someone from the Pipefitters Local Union 597 on 187th Street and Wolf Road notified Mokena Police about a noxious odor. It didn't take long to determine that the odor was coming from the BP Oil farm a few blocks to the north in unincorporated Mokena. According to Mokena Fire Protection District Chief Howard Stephens, Mokena police first approached BP tank farm officials to inquire about a potential problem. At that time, BP …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Orland Park firefighters dealt with two unrelated incidents less than 30 minutes apart on 159th Street: The first was a car fire, followed by a two-vehicle accident with minor injuries.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Crews from the Orland Park Fire Protection District spent quite a bit of time on 159th Street late Saturday morning, taking care of a car fire and an unrelated, two-vehicle crash that slowed down traffic for about a half hour, a fire official said. Crews were initally called at 11:13 a.m. to take care of a small fire in the engine compartment of a vehicle in the median of the 7800 block of 159th Street, said Battalion Chief William Bonnar. In fact, one of the responding units was a block away at a community event at Home Depot when a witness informed the crew about the fire, Bonnar said. No one was injured from the fire, but traffic needed to be diverted so firefighters could extinguish the blaze, Bonnar said. Less than 30 minutes later, …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
An Orland Park firefighter was treated on scene for a heat-related injury in the fire in a four-unit townhome in the 15000 block of Mayo Drive in Orland Park's Silverlake Village. Authorities have not yet determined a cause.
Firefighters from multiple area jurisdictions battled a three-alarm blaze for an hour Wednesday, July 4, in a four-unit townhome that officials said would have been easier to get under control if not for the extreme heat and drought conditions. Orland Park Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a home at 15035 Mayo Dr. at about 3:30 p.m. The house was involved in "heavy fire" by the time authorities got on scene, said Chief Ken Brucki. There was one woman in the home, and firefighters were able to rescue to safety, Brucki said. One Orland Park firefighter was treated for a heat-related injury at the scene and later transported to a hospital. "We got the call for fire on the exterior of the home, on the second floor porch," …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Firefighters responded Friday morning to a fire in a home off 159th Street near its intersection with Wolf Road.
Orland firefighters safely extinguished a blaze Friday morning in a longtime abandoned home in the 11200 block of 159th Street, about one block west of Wolf Road. Witnesses made several calls to the Orland Fire Protection District at 11:01 a.m., when they reported seeing flames coming from the structure's roof. Because department officials knew the home has been abandoned for about 15 years, they ordered their firefighters to remain outside. Are you signed up for Orland Park Patch breaking news alerts? Get Patched in. "There's a big difference between an abandoned home and a vacant one," Orland Fire Chief Raymond Kay said, after the blaze. "This house was not tenable and it's been that way for a long time. Empty houses are often not …