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Veteran firefighter named Chicago's new deputy commish 
The Chicago Fire Department has tapped a veteran firefighter to fill the agency’s No. 2 job. Richard Ford II, a Chatham native who lives on the city’s Far South Side, takes over as the first deputy commissioner. Ford will handle “day-to-day operations” of the department, according to a department news release. He will also assist with recruitment issues amid the anticipated hiring of hundreds of new recruits who recently passed the department’s exam. Ford takes the job amid ongoing criticism over the department’s lack of diversity within its ranks.
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Illinois volunteer firefighter jumps into action to save woman's life 
Local Keith Mills left his engineering job at Boeing a little early on Jan. 8 en route back to his home in Marine. He wanted to stop and get a haircut. He also needed gas. It was around 2:30 p.m., and he decided to stop at a station in Missouri to take advantage of the cheaper price. As he was pumping gas, he glanced over and saw Michelle Clark, 57, of Fairmont City, Ill., walking out of the convenience shop. March.
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Sweetwater County Fire Dept., (Wyo.) Extinguishes Tank Fire - Sweetwater County Fire Department with assistance from Wamsutter Fire and Carbon County Fire Departments extinguished two tanks containing contained about 2,400 gallons of various liquid byproduct that was being pumped into them from a well site.
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