Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Stringer Wake

  • An oversize American flag hanging from an extended fire ladder could be seen from blocks away from the Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn, where hundreds of Chicago firefighters were lined up Monday to pay their respects to fallen comrade Edward Stringer.

  • As the investigation into the blaze in the 1700 block of East 75th Street continues, firefighters from around the Chicago area dressed in their finest uniforms and winter coats, a tradition painfully familiar to many in attendance. Standing in the frigid cold, many were reminded to count their blessings in their often dangerous job. About four months ago, firefighters gathered at the same funeral home to mourn the death of Christopher Wheatley, who died in August after falling 35 feet while fighting a restaurant fire.
RIP Firefighter Stringer.

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31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago has lost another hero. May he rest in peace.

12/28/2010 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous 025 DST 1st Watch said...

R.I.P

12/28/2010 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had posted condolences to the Stringer and Eakum families the day this tragedy occurred. Sorry if the comment did not appear, but maybe I should have reserved my technical thoughts for a bit later.

SCC says here that another firefighter died in August after a 35-foot fall. I don't know how many times I've seen firemen up there with their axes and pike poles and demo saws, ventilating roofs -- and I know how it makes me shudder and cross myself and say a prayer for them.

My point was that I wish we could use some existing technology to reduce the risk to firefighters; if, for example, a roof could be ventilated by placing one or more of those "breaching charges" -- really just a cardboard box with a loop of det cord inside and some "stemming," I think, to control the backblast -- well, "whoomp" -- there would be your 18" x 24" or whatever sized hole, smoke and hot air pouring out, without having risked a man putting his weight up there.

Undoubtedly not practical for all situations, but I've seen so many of these that started as just a lousy grease fire in a crummy 1920s 2-story restaurant building -- and suddenly the poor guys are in the basement. Anything that could be done to reduce firefighters' exposure to hazards like this should be looked into. If CFD thinks these'd help, then we should get them some.

...and here I was thinking I was having a bad Christmas. "An oversize American flag hanging from an extended fire ladder could be seen from blocks away from the Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn..."

God bless all.

12/28/2010 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Authorities say a Georgia state trooper was shot and killed after trying to pull over a driver in Atlanta.

The Georgia State Patrol says 38-year-old Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy of Marietta was shot twice in the face Monday night and died while being taken to a hospital.
RIP Trooper LeCroy

12/28/2010 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and here I was thinking I was having a bad Christmas. "An oversize American flag hanging from an extended fire ladder could be seen from blocks away from the Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn..."

God bless all.

12/28/2010 02:16:00 AM
If this guys idea saves one FF from being hurt or worse , it should be looked into asap. If the building is empty , use that breaching charge and keep the FF out of harms way. Amen to good ideas like this. Maybe even a crane hoisted platform so guys dont have to actually step onto the roof...Let these POS buildings burn down, no more CFD injurys or deaths.

12/28/2010 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God watch over the two fire fighter's families and loved ones during this difficult time.

12/28/2010 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally a good article about Police and Fire from the Trib.

"Maybe those defined-benefit pensions aren't so lavish after all.

Maybe there are some jobs so dangerous, so demanding of steady nerves and sound judgment under pressure, that the men and women who work them deserve the benefit of our doubts.

Even when times are tough, even when most of us can only wish we could retire at age 50 with 75 percent of pay, maybe we should take a deep breath, dial down the envy, and just say: 'Thanks, guys. You deserve every penny.'"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-1228-mccarron-20101228,0,351806.story

12/28/2010 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and may God Bless all our 'first responders' especially our brothers of the CFD in their time of grieving.

12/28/2010 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Mayor be there to give a speech then try and take away our pensions next week. RIP Brother

12/28/2010 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. God be with their families

12/28/2010 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The day of this tradgedy, before the game, the Blackhawks asked that there be a minute of silence in recognition of the sacrifice made by these men and their familys.

21,000 plus present and you could of heard a pin drop...not a peep.

RIP Fireman Stringrer and Fireman Eakum

12/28/2010 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arrangements for Fallen FF Cory Ankum are as follows:
Visitaton:Wed, Dec 29, 1400-2000
Apostolic Church of God CFD
6320 S. Dorchester Av, Walk-thru at 1730 Hours
Wake:Thurs, Dec 30, 1000
...Apostolic Church of God CFD Assembly at 0815
6320 S. Dorchester Ave, Walk-thru at 0830 Hours
Funeral:Thurs, Dec 30, 1100
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester Av
Interment: Lincoln Cemetery
12300 S. Kedzie Av

12/28/2010 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire Dept. Chaplin Fr. Mulcrone(spelling ?)gave a great tribute at funeral today. He also ripped politicians and lawmakers who say first responders (police and fire he said) make too much money and are overly compensated for the work we do!Nice shot to the midget in the first row at the service! He told them to "look at that casket and say we are overly compensated". awesome!

12/28/2010 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you should mention the recent murder of a police officer from Woburn MA, killed by a man who was given three life sentences but paroled by the brain trust that is the MA appellate court. RIP Officer Maguire.http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20101228chief_woburn_cop_slay_like_wild_west_shootout_ended_in_hail_of_bullets_diamonds/

12/28/2010 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous POLICE DEATHS UP 37% said...

U.S. Police Deaths in Line of Duty UP 37 percent

2009 117
2010 160

Worst States: Texas, California and Illinois.

12/28/2010 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Rest in Peace said...

I just watched our brain-dead Mayor Daley on ABC-7 News, and he referred to Firefighter Stringer as "Ed Springer." I just couldn't believe it.

I shouldn't be surprised, because he did the same thing at P.O. Alex Valadez's funeral mass. He consistently mispronounced his last name, referred to his wife and children (he had a fiance who was expecting), and generally made a fool of himself.

MAYOR DALEY, his name is S-T-R-I-N-G-E-R, and he died a HERO. The very least you can do for the families of these heroes is to get the names right, and I'm sure you have people to do that for you.

R.I.P. Chicago Fire and Police Heroes

12/28/2010 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just confirmed that Daley called him "Springer." Here's the link:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=7868778&pid=7867538

SCC, please make a separate thread for this. Everyone should see how little he cares for first responders.

12/28/2010 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, OT

Scary stuff here

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/us/28city.xml

Municipal bankruptcies??

12/28/2010 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Fire Dept. Chaplin Fr. Mulcrone(spelling ?)gave a great tribute at funeral today. He also ripped politicians and lawmakers who say first responders (police and fire he said) make too much money and are overly compensated for the work we do!Nice shot to the midget in the first row at the service! He told them to "look at that casket and say we are overly compensated". awesome!

12/28/2010 12:39:00 PM

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I was there and saw this. I thought it was GREAT. He is also the one that called j-fled to the stand for Flisk only to find out that the family didn't want him to talk. I ff friend of mine that knows the padre real well said that he knew the family didn't want him to talk. That was his way of taking a shot at jfled. My friend said this guy LOVES cfd&cpd. He would do anything for the men that wear blue.

Also it is really something the way this CFD is. They way they all come out in the SAME dress uniform to honor thier fallen. ANd I must admit that they LOVE thier bosses, especially Hoff is is a class act just as Ray Orozco was before him. Those 2 guys would run into a burning building with thier men. What does our leader do?

Gotta run

12/28/2010 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks CPD for the wonderful presence at Blake Lamb and at St Rita.

All of the CPD vehicles lined up on Western Avenue after the mass with their blue lights on was VERY impressive.

Thank you for all of your support from traffic control at the collapse, escorts to the hospitals for our fallen, standing guard 24/7 over Ed's and Corey's memorial and of course today's funeral service.

We are brothers and are the only ones that look out for each other on the street.

Stay safe brothers and sisters

CFD brother

12/28/2010 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace. Chicago has lost to many heroes this year.

12/28/2010 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Fire Dept. Chaplin Fr. Mulcrone(spelling ?)gave a great tribute at funeral today. He also ripped politicians and lawmakers who say first responders (police and fire he said) make too much money and are overly compensated for the work we do!Nice shot to the midget in the first row at the service! He told them to "look at that casket and say we are overly compensated". awesome!

12/28/2010 12:39:00 PM

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Hopefully someone can get a copy of this and post it here for ALL to hear.

12/28/2010 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to get on here and say how proud we all should be of the CFD Fr. Tom. He said it in front of shortshanks and some other phony pols too. He seems to be a gutsy guy and his aim was as straight as ours can be. Nice going Chaplain.and Thanks.

12/28/2010 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the cpd,thankyou for your strong showing at todays funeral ,a firefighter.

12/28/2010 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to the eulogy given by CFD Chaplain, Fr. Thomas Mulcrone
at the funeral mass this am. He gave all manner of rightful tribute and respect to Stringer (and also Eakum).
Then he incorporated various Zings at politicians who have robbed the city and are now trying to blame the CPD & the CFD
for the financial mess the city is in.
My sincere admiration and congrats to him for having the courage to say what noone else will. Too bad both departments don't have more advocates of his elk.

12/28/2010 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hats off to another top notch department in America.
Check this out on the NYPD NYFD ice hockey page. Thank you brothers.

RIP

http://www.fdnyhockey.com/

12/28/2010 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP. Another sad story... is it true that some scumbag is going door-to-door in 022 selling bogus raffle tix to raise $$ for the Flisk family? I heard the only legit fund is through the credit union.

12/28/2010 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a P.O. who was friends with Eddie Stringer in the late 70's and early 80's. Grew up in the back of the yards neighborhood and had a lot of good times together. He was a great guy back then as he was till the day of this tragedy. May he rest in peace and God Bless him and his family.

12/28/2010 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire Dept. Chaplin Fr. Mulcrone(spelling ?)gave a great tribute at funeral today. He also ripped politicians and lawmakers who say first responders (police and fire he said) make too much money and are overly compensated for the work we do!Nice shot to the midget in the first row at the service! He told them to "look at that casket and say we are overly compensated". awesome!

12/28/2010 12:39:00 PM

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Yes, our father Mulcrone is the best!!! I sat with heavy heart but also great pride as Father, Commissioner Hoff, and our union President, Tommy spoke, all great men with sincere eulogies.

12/28/2010 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....and at Police funerals we ask that the Superintendent and the Mayor not speak. That is pretty sad.

12/29/2010 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
....and at Police funerals we ask that the Superintendent and the Mayor not speak. That is pretty sad.

12/29/2010 09:26:00 AM

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Daley's secretary was married to FF Ankum, he knew him personally. That's why he spoke..........
and we like our commissioner, he's one of us!

1/01/2011 12:20:00 PM  

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