Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly and Statewide 911 Administrator Cindy Barbera-Brelle announced Wednesday the state’s intent to move forward with a new 911 system known as Next Generation 911 network.
The announcement of an intent to award a contract to AT&T is expected to lead to a system that will allow for video sharing and text messages to be sent to 911 telecommunicators, according to St. Clair County 911 Director Herb Simmons.
“I think it’s going to give our 911 telecommunicators the tools to have a lot more available information at their to fingertips to relay to our first responders,” he said. Simmons said the ability to send a text message could be helpful in some situations. He cited a scenario where an intruder is inside a home and the victim is concerned about being heard making a phone call.
KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis
VIDEO: Friends and family are remembering firefighter Kody Vanfossan who died while serving on the frontlines.
For the second year in a row, the Christopher Fire Department had a memorial parade. Vanfossan died in 2019 while fighting a structure fire with his father Brent Vanfossan in downtown Christopher.
Brent tells News 3 what he misses most about his son.
"Besides his smart-aleck attitude, it's him being by my side to fight fires with me," he said.
About one dozen fire engines and ambulances from Southern Illinois joined together for a parade through the city and stopped at St. Andrew Catholic cemetery, where prayers, kind words and tears were shed as they reflected on his life.
"Respect, honor and tradition is a big thing in the fire service. And unfortunately, Kody lost his life in the line of duty, so therefore, respect his memory, honor his memory, and keep the tradition alive of all of that," said Vanfossan's best friend, Travis Skinner.
WSIL-TV ABC 3 Harrisburg
Four people are displaced after a duplex in the 3000 block of Broadway Street catches fire early Thursday morning.
According to the Rockford Fire Department, smoke and flames were coming from the building when crews arrived just after 1:30 a.m. and all four people living in the duplex escaped safely.
The cause of the fire has been deemed incendiary, anyone with information is encouraged to contact Rockford Area Crime Stoppers.
The estimated damage from the fire is $40,000 and the Red Cross is assisting those displaced; half of the building has been condemned due to the fire.
An investigation into the fire has been opened.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford