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CFD Fire Chief’s SUV Hit by Minivan on Chicago’s South Side

The Chicago Fire Department fire chief was sent to the hospital on March 28th when a minivan struck the chief’s SUV while he was on the way to a fire call. The chief was on his way to a fire in the 9200 block of Greenwood in the Burnside neighborhood on the far Southside of [….]


Two Southwestern Illinois Teens Die from Electrocution

Two high school students were electrocuted on March 3, 2011, leaving the town of Okawville, 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, to mourn their loss. On the day of the funerals, March 8, there were two shiny tractors sitting in front of the high school where both young men were students. Nick Bledsoe was his [….]


Eight employees at LaGrange Factory sent to Hospital after Acetone Spill.

Police and fire crews were dispatched to a factory that manufactures keypads for electronic devices after employees became exposed to acetone on March 14, 2011. Grayhill, Inc. in LaGrange, Illinois, was the scene of the acetone spill. Firefighters ventilated the area as a precaution even though the scene had been cleared. Eight employees were sent [….]


Accident in Rail Yard Leaves One Man Dead

A mishap in the Norfolk Southern rail yard in west Kankakee cost a Cabery man his life on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.   Stanley Watts, 43, was working in the yard in the afternoon as two train cars were being switched. According to the Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, Watts became trapped between two cars [….]


Fire Causes Damage to Pallet Company Building

Universal Pallets saw damage at their 601 N. Entrance Avenue site from a fire that started in a debris pile last weekend. The fire was under control in about 16 minutes.   According to Dave Harmon, the Kankakee assistant fire chief, the fire could have been much worse and the building could have been consumed. [….]