Illinois News

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

’A fireman’s fireman’: Legacy in stone, services set for Retired Herrin Fire Chief Lindell Coriasco

A firefighter for more than half his life, Lindell Coriasco earned the name 'sparky' from his friends and colleagues over the years. "I don't know why that is," said Herrin Fire Chief Shawn Priddy, "That's what they called him." "It's not that he sparked fires right," the reporter asked. "No. He did the opposite," Priddy laughed. But Coriasco sparked a number of changes to the Herrin Fire Department in his 42 years of service. Coriasco died Friday in Memphis, Tennessee from injuries sustained in a car crash last month. Coriasco was 83-years old. Services are being held Saturday at Williamson County Fire Station #1 in Marion starting at 10 a.m. with a public visitation. The funeral is at 1pm.
WSIL-TV ABC 3 Harrisburg

Fire at vacant Peoria home causes $50,000 in damage

A house fire early Sunday morning caused $50,000 in damage, the Peoria Fire Department reported. Firefighters were called to 1001 NE Monroe St., at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they saw large flames coming out of a second-story window and the roof of the vacant home, said Battalion Chief Steve Rada in a news release. Crews had to force their way into building to begin to battle the blaze which extended into the attic. Several extra crews were called into help with the firefighting efforts. A cause of the fire, which caused $50,000 in damage, has not be determined. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries reported.
WMBD-TV CBS 31 Peoria

Monday, June 5, 2023

Former fire chief in Williamson County passes away

Former Williamson County firefighter Lindell Coriasco has passed away. Information on Coriasco's passing comes from the City of Zeigler Fire Department Facebook page. Chief Coriasco began his fire-fighting career with the Herrin Fire Department in the 1950's where he climbed the ranks to become Herrin's Fire Chief. He used his experience to propagate the creation of the Williamson County Fire Protection District (WCFPD). Following Coriasco's retirement, he served as the WCFPD Fire Chief until the early 1990's. His contributions will live on through his son, Captain Jack Coriasco, and his grandson, Colin Coriasco, who are both currently serving.
WSIL-TV ABC 3 Harrisburg

Rockford Fire Department runs for fire prevention efforts

Saturday marked the 19th annual 911 Run hosted by the Rockford Fire Department. The yearly 911 Run is a fundraiser supporting local fire prevention efforts. Participants ran less than two miles Saturday to help fund these local efforts, which include public education events, smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation and school visits. The proceeds also benefit Camp I Am Me, an overnight summer camp for children who are burn survivors. Organizers say the proceeds from this run help offset the cost of any free materials the local fire departments hand out to residents to keep the community safe. “We’re constantly trying to educate the public, educate parents on how to keep their homes safe, how to train their kids to get out safely by having two ways out,” said Chief Luis Duran, the Rockford fire division chief, “Practicing that home escape plan and importantly, also to remind everyone that working smoke detectors does make a difference.”
WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford

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