This is the radio traffic from a 3-11 alarm with a disaster plan 3 at 6531 Lowe in Chicago (2/25/79). This occurred while my dad was chief in the 12th battalion … first thing in the morning. The chief he normally relieved, Bill Foran was acting in the big buggy and had not yet been relieved so he was responding as the division marshal. The captain of truck 20, who had some classic radio replies was Richard Fitzpatrick. The voice of the englewood office was Harry Haddon back in his heyday. This building had super long hallways, masks were barely in use at this time and the people were hanging out all over the place. This was a real dandy. Steve Redick
Saturday (2/13) is the 45th anniversary of the fire and explosion at 6117 N Elston Ave in Chicago which resulted in the line of duty deaths of CFD Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer. Both men were inside of the A. A. Englehardt Heating and Appliance Dealership when an explosion sent the roof crashing down on them. I just happened to recently acquire these color photos of the search for these men as well as the removal of FF Dyer in the final image. The battalion chief seen looking toward the camera in the one image is Battalion 22. Also Commissioner Quinn can be seen in the background of the one image. The photographer was George Mars Cassidy. Thought I would share these as I do believe they may not have been seen by the public before now.
Going into the way-back machine for this fire on the northwest corner of Belmont and Pulaski. This building still stands today and is still a corner tavern. Kind of a neat series of images as the unknown photographer catches companies pulling up with smoke pushing out the side door. As the fire is brought under control, you can see a dog mounted on top of Engine 91’s Ahrens-Fox. The final image is kind of funny as a car goes driving down Belmont with a couch tied to the roof. I could not find any markings to identify either of the trucks, and in the final image there is what I believe is a squad on Pulaski to the far right.