Illinois News

Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Illinois 911 system to include text messaging and videos

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

Community remembers fallen Christopher firefighter with parade for the second year in a row

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 fire in Rockford

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Investigators Probe Cause Of Fire At Controversial Englewood Building That Houses 60 Registered Sex Offenders

Investigators on Tuesday night were searching for the cause of a fire at a controversial apartment building in Englewood. Flames tore through the roof of the top-floor apartment of the building on Perry Avenue near Marquette Road. The building was evacuated and no one was hurt. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov exposed last month that the building is home to 60 registered sex offenders. That is about 40 more sex offenders living in the building than originally thought when CBS 2’s Jermont Terry first investigated in March. They include men like Cayce Williams – who assaulted and murdered a toddler in the 1990s, and who isn’t from Chicago. Englewood activist Andrea Drane said last month that it is unacceptable.
WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

Evanston Fire Department has announced the promotion of Battalion Chief William Muno to deputy chief of operations

The Evanston Fire Department has announced the promotion of Battalion Chief William Muno to deputy chief of operations. Muno is a 34-year veteran of the department. His promotion is effective May 10. He’s been battalion chief for nine years and previous was a fire captain for 16 years. “Chief Muno is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the fire service,” said Fire Chief Paul Polep. “Everyone in this organization will greatly benefit with Chief Muno in this senior leadership role.” Muno been on the department’s training, safety and operating guidelines committees. He also has served as a paramedic preceptor, a role considered vital to helping newer paramedics develop the skills necessary to be effective in the field.
Evanston Now - Metered Site

1 dead and 2 injured after crash in Peoria

One person is dead after a crash near Sterling and Gilbert Ave in Peoria Tuesday. According to a Peoria Fire Battalion Chief on the scene, the deadly three car crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. One person has been pronounced dead at the scene, and two more were sent to a local hospital. Peoria Police say that four people were taken to a local hospital after the deadly wreck Tuesday night. The four all suffered non life-threatening injuries. More information about the woman who died will be released at a later time by the Peoria County Coroner. The road was reopened to drivers by 4:15 Wednesday morning.
Central Illinois Proud

Car Hits Fire Hydrant In Albany Park; Chicago Police Searching For Driver

Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a fire hydrant in Albany Park Tuesday night. According to police, the vehicle struck the fire hydrant just before 11 p.m., causing damage and flooding in the 5000 block of North Monticello Avenue. The Chicago Fire Department reported the driver was no longer at the scene when they arrived. No arrests have been made.
WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

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