Friday, March 23, 2007

Fire Fighter Killed

Our deepest sympathies to CFD on the loss of one of their own. No one is ever surprised when a cop dies in a shoot out or a firefighter gets killed when a building collapses on them. We work dangerous professions.

But for the past couple of years if we aren't mistaken, traffic accidents have taken more lives of police than felonious assault. And we're beginning to wonder if the same isn't true for fire fighters.

There's a reason the fire trucks and ambulances have those great big freaking sirens on them - that's a damn heavy piece of equipment flying down the street. And after the push for "Pull to the Right for Sirens and Lights" we've noticed citizens failing to do so once again recently.

Sun Times, Tribune, Channel 2, Channel 5, Channel 7 coverage.

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84 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Billy Grant.

3/23/2007 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heartfelt condolences and prayers for the family of this heroic firefighter. On the comment about pulling to the right, with these cell phones and loud stereos jagballs can't hear and when they do they don't give a shit and keep going!

3/23/2007 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Three Year Wonder said...

This is a shame, a complete tragedy to the firemans family.

It would be nice if we had a strong CPD showing at his services....I for one will be there and hope others join me.

Pray for his family and the CFD

3/23/2007 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P.-----sad our prayers go out to his family and his co-workers and friends.

3/23/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How ironic several of us were having a conversation at work last nigth about how firetrucks fly through intersections. Everytime I see or hear one of those sirens, I pull as far to the right as I can.

People are too stupid to realize that something that big cannot stop in time, unlike our squad cars. If you try and outrun one of those suckers at an intersection, you deserve what happens to you. Kind of like a bug hitting a windshield.

God speed to the injured firefighters and God Bless the deceased firefighter and his family.

3/23/2007 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Our Fireighter Brother and His Family!

3/23/2007 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off duty FF and just got home and thought I'd check out what's new and found this post. Thanks SCC for you comments and thoughts. You never know when something like this can happen. As you know, when we are responding to a call you see it all the time, people just don't care. Maybe the problem is they don't understand english who knows. Maybe the city should have a news conference and ads put out in every paper in the city in all the languages that are out there. When you see lights and hears sirens pull over! I don't know how many times I've come to an intersection and a car or two just breezes by like we aren't there. Many of them talking an a cell phone( I thought there was a law about that?) and now somebody has died because of it. I know people can say "well that's a risk of your jobs!" well it ain't!
Somehow, someway the public always blames the cops and the firemen for things like this. It's a shame. I don't know the deceased personally but now his family won't be seeing him walk through that door tommorrow morning. Now another time we have to lower out flags to half staff. Now again the purple bunting is to be hung above the apparatus door and for what? Another person who can't understand what the lights and sirens mean.
Again Thanks SCC for your thoughts and I hope everyone out there says a prayer for the man that died today and also say one for his family.

3/23/2007 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my prayers!

3/23/2007 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger dilligaf said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to CFD and their families for their tragic loss.

Start hammering these jagoffs that don't pull over for emergency equipment. It's an automatic $500 whack.

ยง9-24-080. Authorized emergency vehicles

(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency
vehicle giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or bell or
displaying an oscillating, rotating, or flashing blue beam or
displaying an oscillating, rotating or flashing red beam visible under
normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet (150
meters), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the
right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to,
and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge, except on one-way
streets where drivers shall drive as close as possible to nearest
edge, of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and
remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, traffic control
aide or fireman in the lawful exercise of his duties. Any person who
violates any provision of this subsection (a) shall be subject to a
fine of $500.00.


Normally I don't advocate the city charge for any traffic because it's quasi and will never appear on the driver's SOS record. But upon reading 625ILCS5/11-907, it does not have a specific penalty except subsection "c" which would not apply to what is being discussed. Stay safe one and all.

3/23/2007 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with the Fireman's family and co-workers.

If anything good can be taken from this, let the lesson be learned that people don't necessarily hear or see you just because you have lights and sirens!!

3/23/2007 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed William Grant

3/23/2007 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Prayers and thoughts are with the Firefighter's family and friends on such a tragic loss.

God Speed to him.....



On a side note, Am I the only one experiencing a long hang up time on the opening of the comment sections of the threads? It really is a pain lately.

3/23/2007 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that we should take the time to hammer people for not pulling over. We will never get people to do this until they pay a price.
Condolences for the F.F. and family.

3/23/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless those who are affected by this loss.
I do have to vent about something, so bear with me. On Channel 9 news this morning, they "interviewed" a resident on the phone who was supposed to have witnessed what happened. Of course, she didn't see it happen, but DID manage to comment that there were so many "polices and firemens" around after it happened you'd think the President was inside the truck. WTF? What the hell kind of ignorant senseless comment is that? It really got my blood boiling and I thought, you ignorant bitch, first of all responding units would have worked that hard to get anyone trapped in a vehicle out, even a dog like you. So now I've thought about it, and I have an evil suggestion that is more of a joke than serious, but next time someone is leaning out of the window of a burning building screaming "heps me" and wants to drop their baby to you, catch it alright
on the first bounce.

3/23/2007 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless him and his family,my family prayers are with them....

3/23/2007 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you William Grant RIP!

3/23/2007 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger LtE126 said...

Thanks guys. He was a good man.

3/23/2007 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If every copper on every watch wrote 1 failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and 1 sound impound a month by the end of the summer people will take notice. Hammer these assholes.

God bless the CFD and his fmaily.

3/23/2007 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Bill Grant and his family. SCC let us all know when a benefit will be held for his family.

3/23/2007 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless billy grant and his family...i think this brings home the point that we deal with the fact being police and fire workers that everytime we walk out the door and say goodbye to our families it could be our last goodbye.i think the way we could truly honor his memory is to do everything better,become better fathers,mothers, husbands and wives and better friends, because when all is said and done that is what truly makes us heroes.lets be honest after all the show the city will put on and how richie will cry his poor crocodile tears and say how hell be missed his shield will collect dust some where and the city wont give him a second thought.the thing that will remain will be his impact he made on each others...my advice to my cpd and cfd family.live every day like it was your last. love like your heart has never been broken and the most important...never miss an opportunity to tell your friends and family that you love them. i believe if you do these things you will truly honor his memory. may god comfort the family of billy grant and the cfd.

3/23/2007 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you William grant for giving the ultimate sacrifice. Your brothers in blue care.

CPD Detective

3/23/2007 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the family of Billy Grant and CFD. Let's step up enforcement on people failing to yield to emergency vehicles.

3/23/2007 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so saddened by another unnecessary death due to the publics inattention to our sirens. Before I became the police, my biggest pet peeve of drivers was the lack of attention to emergency vehicles lights and sirens. Now at least I can do something, however so minor, about it. I do and will continue to cite ANYONE who disobeys our emergency vehicles. My deepest sympathy to the Grant family for the loss of thier loved one.

3/23/2007 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to Billy Grant's family. Bill was liked by many in CPD. A speedy recovery to those injured.

3/23/2007 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous notahousemouse said...

God bless Billy Grant, his wife and children his co-workers and the entire CFD family. Our thoughts are with you all. Hope that bus driver gets nailed.

3/23/2007 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Growing up as the son of a firefighter and now myself the police, I only know too well the dangers we face every day, no matter what our jobs hand us. God bless FF Grant and his family. I too will pay my respects for this hero that I did not personally know. A speedy recovery to the other injured FF's as well.

3/23/2007 07:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS BILL GRANT.....
As 'FIRST RESPONDERS'......"WE" are ALL in this together.

To his family and friends, YOU are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace, "Brother!"

A true example of............
CHICAGO'S FINEST!

OV

3/23/2007 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How ironic several of us were having a conversation at work last nigth about how firetrucks fly through intersections."

Precisely.
I recall a Captain(Real one) back in the day stating, your not worth a shit to anyone of you get hurt flying(recklessly) to a 10-1.

No truer words spoken.
My condolences to the FF's Family

3/23/2007 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, could you post the info on the services, im sure many of us would like to be there

3/23/2007 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PULL TO THE RIGHT? Yea sure!!!

While traveling north with lights and siren on the Ryan last week responding to a 10-1, I had Pookie slam on his brake right in front of me.

Never tried to pull over and had plenty of room. I have been told this is a new tactic they are using in an attempt to collect a big settlement from the city.

Get the Police or CFD to rear end them, claim they were trying to pull over and count the ca$H...

Beware and be SAFE.

3/23/2007 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Damn sad. Bless the fallen CFD firefighter. Many prayers and sadness.

We need major change in this state concerning these traffic fatalities and also the fact that people are NOT stopping/pulling over for emergency vehicles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A little girl, 14/15 yr old was also killed. Heard she was a Sandburg H.S. student trying to cross the street this week.

I've been almost hit numerous times 63/Central & 63/Narragansett just trying to go for a run and people talking on the cell, etc.

If the media reads this blog, PLEASE write a story about this matter. Because it's out of control...

3/23/2007 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all the same-- blue line, red line, shit--- orange line. Im torn to hear of another brother lost in the line of duty. My Prayers go out to you and yours Mr. Grant. Godspeed......

3/23/2007 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger happyjoyjoyjoy said...

our hearts go out to your family Mr. Grant. may you rest in Peace.

3/23/2007 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the Fireman & his family. Another tragic loss of life that didn't have to be. WHEN WILL PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHTS & SIRENS???
BE SAFE & BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER....

3/23/2007 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Billy Grant. You are a hero to the citizens of Chicago.

WGN TV news reported this morning that there was NO fire or emergency at the location where Truck 51 was responding... false alarm or some ass-hole making a prank call resulting in the loss of life to one of our brothers? We may never know.

Be safe out there.

3/23/2007 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless...thank you for all your years of service. You will me missed.

3/23/2007 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless him and his family.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
To All Chicago First responders CFD CPD
We are grateful for your sacrafices and keep you ALL in our prayers. You are appreciated.
St. Michael be with you

3/23/2007 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Its all the same-- blue line, red line, shit--- orange line."

Beg to differ Lad, keep one thing in mynd FF's don't put on a bulletproof vest when they go to work. No one wakes up in the morning with the intent to kill a fireman.

My props to the FF's with the loss of their comrade.

Nonetheless,
Perhaps a trip to the Memorial this year will Sober you up to realize Law Enforcement is the most Deadliest Profession.

3/23/2007 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers out to the firefighter's family and friends. My deepest sympathies.

3/23/2007 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger TheHatLives said...

I am very saddened over the death of a fellow emergency responder. May you rest in peace FF Grant. May God watch over your family.

3/23/2007 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear this is true, was working in 015 one night on a detail and was a 10-1 call on north end, flew up Cicero to help my coworkers, No one pulled over, even with lights and siren. I swerve into the oncomming traffic lane as it was clear. As I try and cross the intersection a new model SUV PICKS UP SPEED and comes right at me. I decide to brake and have to swerve out of it's way to avoid the collision. It was at that time that I looked into the vehicle and who was driving it? I swear upon all that I hold sacred, the honorable (UHHGH) Eugene Pincham. I let it go because a copper still needed help, but to this day it still doesn't sit right with me.

3/23/2007 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill Kugelman said...

No anonymity here. My thanks from CFD family to all the CPD POs that have such sincere condolences for a member of our family. We MUST stick together for our own needs and good. There are way too many mopes on the street that don't give a damn about us unless it's for a free taxi ride or some BS call. Stay safe my friends and rumor has it that there will be honors funeral next Wednesday. Hopefully there will be a massive turnout to show his family that he will never be forgotten.
By the way---Tomorrow [sat.] CPD v CFD at the United Center with a moment of silence in respect for FF Bill Grant, H&L 51.

3/23/2007 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless FF Billy Grant. May his memory be eternal.

Heartfelt condolences to Grant's family and his coworkers.

3/23/2007 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous  said...

God Bless you Firefighter Grant. God Bless your Family and Co-workers. I will keep you all in my prayers

3/23/2007 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beg to differ Lad, keep one thing in mynd FF's don't put on a bulletproof vest when they go to work. No one wakes up in the morning with the intent to kill a fireman.


But I do-- and regardless, they put their lives on the line as well-- regardless of their own. Nitpick all you want- they are as brave as you when they go to work.

3/23/2007 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps a trip to the Memorial this year will Sober you up to realize Law Enforcement is the most Deadliest Profession.




Thanks dad- I AM a cop.

3/23/2007 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolence to the family. I got a real sickening feeling in my stomach when I heard this on the news, as I just got home after a Fire truck almost took me out when I was crossing the street missed me by a inch, I was calling them every name in the book.

3/23/2007 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger TheHatLives said...

Anonymous said...
I swear this is true, was working in 015 one night on a detail and was a 10-1 call on north end, flew up Cicero to help my coworkers, No one pulled over, even with lights and siren. I swerve into the oncomming traffic lane as it was clear. As I try and cross the intersection a new model SUV PICKS UP SPEED and comes right at me. I decide to brake and have to swerve out of it's way to avoid the collision. It was at that time that I looked into the vehicle and who was driving it? I swear upon all that I hold sacred, the honorable (UHHGH) Eugene Pincham. I let it go because a copper still needed help, but to this day it still doesn't sit right with me.

3/23/2007 11:05:00 PM

..................

I'm not surprised. Too bad there was not a camera there to catch it. A couple of years ago Rev. Jakes was written traffic citations in 025, I believe they were for not getting out of the way of an emergency vehicle and expired plates (Someone correct me if I am wrong) He came into 025 Bitching with his posses. Thank God Tom Walton was the W/C. He, with tact, put the rev in his place.

3/23/2007 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and from this day forward, we shall give a cfd or cpd member or their family members the professional courtesy that they are entitled to and god help those that dont.MAN LAW

3/24/2007 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother. May God Bless.

3/24/2007 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God Bless Your Family>

3/24/2007 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you and bring comfort to your family.

3/24/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A salute to Fire Fighter Grant, his family in uniform and at home. A speedy recovery to all the injured.

One thing to remind our people, is that the police nor the public can tell where a siren is coming until they see your vehicle. When going to a hot call, it is best not to just turn on a siren and let it scream. It is better to use short bursts of siren. The brief breaks in the noise might let you hear that another responding unit in headed to the same intersection that you are.

Stay safe out there.

3/24/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I PULLED OVER A FEW CARS ON THE DAN RYAN TONIGHT FOR DRIVING 80MPH IN THE 45MPH CONSTRUCTION ZONE. THE DRIVERS STOPPED DEAD IN THE LEFT LANE OF TRAFFIC WHEN I ACTIVATED MY LIGHTS AND SIREN. THIS IS AN EVERYDAY OCCURRENCE. MOTORISTS DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE IS APPROACHING OR THEY ARE SELFISH AND WANT TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE INTERSECTION OR JUMP AHEAD OF SOME OF THE CARS THAT DO PULL OVER TO THE RIGHT. THESE FOOLS I HAD TONIGHT DID GET $375.00 TICKETS FOR THEIR IGNORANCE. THANKS TO CPD FOR BACKING US TROOPERS UP. MY THANKS AND CONDOLENCES TO CFD...ALSO THERE ON THE ROAD WITH US TROOPERS.

3/24/2007 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PULL TO THE RIGHT? Yea sure!!!

While traveling north with lights and siren on the Ryan last week responding to a 10-1, I had Pookie slam on his brake right in front of me.

Never tried to pull over and had plenty of room. I have been told this is a new tactic they are using in an attempt to collect a big settlement from the city.

Get the Police or CFD to rear end them, claim they were trying to pull over and count the ca$H...

Beware and be SAFE.

----------------------

look at the moster the city created, maybe those cameras are a good thing. Would of solved that one, if you hit him, not only a 500 ticket-insurance fraud.

3/24/2007 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences to his family and the C.F.D. These fireman are such a tight bunch,it makes makes me wonder what are department would be like if we took a page out of the firemans book... People, we got to start bringing back the"OLD SCHOOL" ways and be "ONE" department.(NO BACK STABBIN,NO SHIT TALKIN). The c.f.d, has'nt lost that way like the c.p.d. has!!! Times like these we need to take a reality check. We're all gonna go, but its what u leave behind that matters..

3/24/2007 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, my prayers are with the family of the FF, God bless him on his journey to heaven. No words can express my sorrow and I hope that my pettines for cell phone use while driving, women putting makeup on, or eating while driving isn't for not. I write all those people becuase driving is a priveledge and God knows I hate traffic court but I remember everyone and no gets off. I don't know how many times I have pulled over a big yellow bus with children in it because the jag off driving is excessively speeding and yes I issue tickets, but above and beyond that I call the company and report them also. I am so very sorry for the loss of a FF but I hope that the little I do is enough to make a dent in all those jerks out there that should have never been issued licenses to begin with. I have seen too many sensless accidents resulting in death and the enormous grief felt by those left behind not to do what little I can.

3/24/2007 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God speed FF GRANT. You and your family will be in our prayers. Please relay benefit info as soon as available

To "No one wakes up in the morning with the intent to kill a fireman."

You are an absolute Ass. How many times have you made the ultimate sacrifice? Remember 9-11?

SCC please delete postings from kids.

CPD

3/24/2007 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our most heartfelt sympathy to the family of this fallen hero.... our prayers are with you.

3/24/2007 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bless Bill and his family. I am CPD, and i really fell like I lost a brother.

3/24/2007 04:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my father was a chgo ff for 33 years (b.o.b.)(gaelic fire brigade)and has four children on the cpd.on everyday dad would go to the firehouse we all knew the dangers of being a ff and prayed he come home safe.the four of us really never gave it a second thought that our job was dangerous.god bless the GRANT FAMILY

3/24/2007 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to Bill Grant and his family. This was a senseless death caused by someone who was too ignorant to take the time to see where the emergency vehicle was and slow down. We know what it is like and police and firefighters slow down to see where the lights and siren are coming from. When I was in patrol I would follow a firetruck or ambulance to make sure it got to its location safe. How many times I wrote failure to yield to an emergency vehicle tickets whils traveling behind them. Not for a mover, but beacuse of the recklessness of these drivers. Even now being in BIS, when I see an emergency vehicle coming I stop the traffic in the intersection for them. That is one mover every cop should write, not for revenue, but for the safety of every emergency vehicle that is running hot. Time to show these idiots what their recklessness costs their wallets. This is way out of control and its time to do something about. Remember to the coppers on the street, that same idiot you give a pass to on the street for failure to yield may nail you one day when you are on your way to a 10-1.

3/24/2007 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Line-of-duty or performance-of-duty?

3/24/2007 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Its all the same-- blue line, red line, shit--- orange line."

Beg to differ Lad, keep one thing in mynd FF's don't put on a bulletproof vest when they go to work. No one wakes up in the morning with the intent to kill a fireman.

My props to the FF's with the loss of their comrade.

Nonetheless,
Perhaps a trip to the Memorial this year will Sober you up to realize Law Enforcement is the most Deadliest Profession.

3/23/2007 10:30:00 PM

Are comments like this really necessary on this thread? Get some class.

3/24/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read the article in todays times great guy small children! God speed Bill!

3/24/2007 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the most Deadliest Profession.




Your grammar sucks. Lemme guess, Taft high school?

3/24/2007 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolute Ass said,
"How many times have you made the ultimate sacrifice? Remember 9-11?"


Sure do, Also remember the 29 Port Authority Policemen&12 NYPD who died there.
Another absolute is your thickheaded, know it all neanderthal mind which is incapable of complex thought so you revert to name calling.

Time for your Daily backshave isn't it?

3/24/2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to the family and CFD. Senseless death for a false alarm. Remember get there safe and in one piece!!!

We are all guilty of hauling ass to a call both CPD and CFD.
I wonder if seat belts would have saved him maybe along w/ a slower rate of speed going thru that intersection?

Don't want to sound like a JAGOFF but I know alot of you are thinking the same but don't want to really say it.

STAY SAFE..................

3/24/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P......God bless his family

3/24/2007 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't go their 9-11 40 police officers died, and they were helping the firemen. Please stop it, the officer was just making a point police officers are killed with intent. Take it easy, We carry guns and wear a vest.

3/24/2007 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Traditional gaelic blessing
Rest in Peace William Grant (CFD)

3/24/2007 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the man law.

3/24/2007 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS THE GRANT FAMILY, AS A PO. WHO WRITES ALLOT OF TICKETS I DO TICKET SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS, BECAUSE ALLOT DO DRIVE LIKE ASSHOLES. SO STARTING MONDAY I AM GOING PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE BUS DRIVERS. ALSO I PLAN TO CLAMP DOWN ON CAB DRIVERS.

3/24/2007 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPD bosses (y know who you are) let us give this FF a proper escort. . .

3/24/2007 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE CALL THEM FIREMEN

When Earth was created, our Lord said loud and clear,
My children need a guardian, someone who cares,
So he reached for the heavens and gathered star light,
Then reached into the earth, in search of some might
He added compassion, virtue and love,
Nerves of a warrior, the heart of a dove,
A person was born that would awake to the alarm,
To save us from danger, to save us from harm,
He needed to name him, knowing he'd never bend,
I'll call him an angel, I'll call him a "Fireman",
They come to our aid, they march into hell,
They're men and they're women who respond to the bell
So when you and your loved ones are safe in your homes,
Or when out and about to explore or to roam,
They'll always be ready to save and to fend,
We call them our heroes, we call them FIREMEN


CL

3/24/2007 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAY GOD BLESS FIREFIGHTER GRANT AND HIS FAMILY AND HIS CFD FAMILY, I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY PRAYERS ARE ALSO WITH THE INJURED FIREFIGHTERS AND THIER FAMILIES. I AM CPD AND HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED CFD FAMILY!!! GOD BLESS AND STAY SAFE!
YOUR SISTER IN BLUE. RIP

3/24/2007 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why if I'm not tied up on a job, I always follow a Truck or Ambulance going to a call and pull the idiot drivers over because none of these citzen jagoffs give a flying f***k about emergency vehicles unless they need one...God Bless

3/24/2007 09:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wake will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn. A funeral mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9235 S. Hamilton, followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th St., in Alsip.

Survivors include Grant's wife, three children and parents. Grant had followed his now-retired father and older brother into the Fire Department.

Grant, a 21-year veteran, had earned a City Council citation in November 2006 for his role in saving the life of a bedridden woman trapped on the third floor of a burning building.

He was the first Chicago firefighter killed in an on-duty traffic accident since 2000.

A remembrance fund has been set up at Prospect Federal Savings, 6858 S. Pulaski, 4646 W. 103rd in Oak Lawn, and 11139 S. Harlem in Worth.

3/25/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jagoff, I went to Taft HS and it was the best 6 yrs of my life!!!!

3/25/2007 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have one question for the States Attorneys Office. Will the driver of the bus be charged with reckless homicide. If not, every cop and firefighter in the city and Cook County should be screaming for Dick Devine to answer why not or just resign. Dick Devine time for you to answer.

3/25/2007 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Grant family in this very trying time. My God hold your hand and wipe your tears as you deal with this tragedy. Godspeed Billy...

3/25/2007 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sincerest condolences to FF Bill Grant's Family, Station (the engine crews who worked/lived with him), and CFD as a whole. I also pray for a speedy recovery to his injured comrades. I also want to share a little war story:

Last spring around this time, my partner and I were responding to a shots fired/person shot call. While enroute (Lights and Sirens), we entered a 4 way intersection (stop sign) that miraculously enough, everyone actually pulled out of our way, we entered a clear intersection and a work van shot across in front of us. My partner should be commended, he missed the van, but not the large maple tree that we hit head on. Wear your seatbelts, we would've died if we hadn't. The crowd started to gather, but not to help. A fire station was just down the block from the tree we hit. Those guys should be commended, they came out with "tools of extrication" to assist us and set up a perimeter until units arrived to assist us. Those guys from that station, if they read this, know who we are, and my partner and I, though we are quick to back CFD, are always mindful and make a concentrated effort to assist them the way they assisted us. To them, my gratitude. A lot of ball busting happens, but when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter who shows up to your party if it's a friend. Every time my partner and I pass that tree, neither one of us says a word,.....neither one of us has to.

003RD DISTRICT COPPER

3/25/2007 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS A WORKING P.O. FROM A WESTSIDE DISTRICT, AND ALSO THE TRAFFIC CAR, MY DEEPEST SIMPATHIES GO OUT TO THE GRANT FAMILY. AS A TRAFFIC CAR I INTERACT WITH THE CFD ON A DAILY BASES. THEY ARE HARDING WORKING AND NOTHING SHORT THAN PROFESSIONAL. ALSO I HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THEIR COMMAND STRUCTURE THAN THE IDIOTS THAT RUN OUR DEPARTMENT.MANY YEARS AGO I WAS HANDLING A VERY BAD ACCIDENT, THAT WHEN AN IDIOT MERIT SUPERVISOR CAME ON THE SCENE AND TOLD ME I WAS HANDLING THE ACCIDENT WRONG AND THAT IT NEEDED TO BE HANDLED HIS F-CKUP WAY. I WANTED TO TELL HIM TO GO TO HELL ,BUT COMMON SENSE PREVAILED. LUCKILY A HIGH RANKING FIRE OFFICIAL WHO I WILL NOT NAME, TOLD THIS IDIOT SUPERVISOR THAT HE WAS WRONG AND THAT MY WAY WAS THE RIGHT WAY. AND IN THE END EVERYTHING WORKED OUT, TO THE FIRE OFFICIAL I HEARD YOU RETIRED AND I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE LONG HAPPY RETIREMENT. THE IDIOT SUP. WELL A YEAR AFTER HE RETIRED, HE HAD THE BIG ONE AND IS GONE.WHO SAYS THERE IS NO LORD.

3/26/2007 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a fireman is your friend he'll save you in the end,a policeman is a prick he'll beat you with a stick. just an old family saying withfamily members on both cfd and cpd. have fun with it.great at caps meetings

3/27/2007 03:29:00 PM  

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