Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thank You CFD

  • As Engine Co. 117 and Tower Ladder 14 roared toward the still and box fire in the 4900 block of West Concord Place, the report over the radio said there were multiple calls about people trapped inside one of the burning bungalows.

    Upon arrival, Engineer Paul Strubee barged into the front door of the 1 1/2-story bungalow at 4928 W. Concord, finding a woman in her 40s collapsed in a front room, suffering from smoke inhalation after apparently trying to make it to the front door. Pushing deeper into the thick, smoke-filled rear of the home, firefighter Jason Risley would find a victim worse off.

    The firefighters and paramedics who responded to the fire that broke out about noon on the West Side Friday are credited with saving the lives of the woman and a 63-year-old, retired Chicago Police sergeant who lived there.

The sergeant is going to owe a lot of beer to that firehouse. Thanks CFD.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Sgt. B. Fowles when I was in 015. He was the most laid back,fair & kind man you could work for. Having been retired only 2 years, the Lord definitely decided that he needed to enjoy some more time on this earth especially with his family members. I will hold you & your family up in prayer Sgt. Blessings to you & yours. Weezee

6/18/2011 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for saving Sgt Fowles CFD. This man is a genuinely wonderful human being. I really enjoyed working for and with this man on mids in 015. Hope for a speedy recovery Sarge! Best wishes

6/18/2011 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with berklin Fowles in 015. Thanks CFD...

Sgt. Bruce Rapa (RET)

6/18/2011 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job CFD!!!!

Thank you 014 Dist

6/18/2011 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Rahm will not be at that story!

6/18/2011 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We may tease but we really do care about fire. Back in 1986 paramedics came to my house 4my four day old baby not breathing.No diggs at me for not knowing what to fdo in an emergency. The were awesome and were from house at 80th and Kedzie. Well that little girl they saved teaches school at Richards HighSchool working with the disadvantage .they should be proud,..I know inam.

6/18/2011 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the privledge of working for Sgt. Fowles when I was in 015. He was always a gentleman and a knowledgeable and caring sergeant. Speedy recovery to you sarge, enjoy your retirement. You've earned it!

6/18/2011 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you CFD... you guys kick ass!

6/18/2011 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know you think we're nuts for running into gunfire and you know we think you're nuts for running into burning buildings, but thanks for running into this burning building, guys. Thanks VERY much.

6/18/2011 05:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go CFD !!!!

6/18/2011 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks CFD!

6/18/2011 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes me proud to be the son of a retired Firefighter.

6/18/2011 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Disp. Berk Fowles in the old CC Room...Thanks CFD!

PC (retired)

6/18/2011 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know, Jason Risley is the son of former Deputy Surt. John Risley. Both men are class acts.

6/18/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite the fact that CFD down played it as, 'all in days work' us brothers in the CPD know better.
It was true devotion to duty, bravery and self-sacrifice that allow them to enter a burning building for search and rescue operations.
We all appreciate that true heroism and Thank You individually and collectively for choosing to be part of... "Chicago's Bravest AND Finest, the CFD!"

Thanks, brother First Responders.

6/18/2011 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god for the Heroic acts of CFD, You are deeply appreciated.

6/18/2011 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always give them the benefit of the discretion.

6/18/2011 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE THE CFD, always have always will. Great job, thanks

6/18/2011 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Risley's dad was CPD boss

6/18/2011 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but if she is anything like the 019 3rd watch sgts she will show up late for their check off, too!

6/18/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Police and Fire Dept are like Bacon and Eggs,When cops get hurt they bandage us up.I always back them up.

6/18/2011 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job CFD.... Get better Sgt Fowles.

6/18/2011 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cant say enough good things about CFD....Excellent people that work Fire !

6/18/2011 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Kugie said...

This makes for a perfect day. And glad I am sort of part of both jobs.
This article should be saved and brought out when the pimps at City Hall want to cut back even more.

6/18/2011 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C - Courage
F - Fidelity
D - Diligence & devotion to duty.
That's what CFD means to me, and you prove it every day...THANKS!

6/18/2011 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks CFD. You guys are awesome.

6/18/2011 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both the CFD and the CPD are outstanding departments. Great job CFD.

6/18/2011 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Huge ATF Scandle Brewing --

"Operation Fast and Furious"

Ahhh there's nothing like creating a crisis that you can use as a tool to win the hearts and minds of the weak minded people in order to enforce an agenda of more gun controls on the law abiding citizens is there?

I have an idea.

How about we start the prosecution off with charges in violation of 18 USC section 2 where appropriate?

Check it out via the WSJ..


JUNE 18, 2011

Head of ATF Is Likely to Go


The Justice Department is expected to oust the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the matter, amid a troubled federal antitrafficking operation that has grown into the agency's biggest scandal in nearly two decades.


The shakeup shows the extent of the political damage caused by the gun-trafficking operation called Fast and Furious, which used tactics that allowed suspected smugglers to buy large numbers of firearms. Growing controversy over the program has paralyzed a long-beleaguered agency buffeted by partisan battles. The ATF has been without a Senate-confirmed director since 2006, with both the Bush and Obama administrations unable to overcome opposition from gun-rights groups to win approval of ...

more >>

6/18/2011 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berk Fowles and I were in the same homeroom together in 1972 and made sergeant together. I think I'm the last one left from that class ... and I'll always remember Berk as a true gentleman, one of the best liked members of our class. G-d bless you Berk ... get well soon!

6/18/2011 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know, Jason Risley is the son of former Deputy Surt. John Risley. Both men are class acts.

6/18/2011 08:24:00 AM
Your dad was a great guy! Knew him as P.O. In 021!

Retired whatever!

6/18/2011 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an excellent outcome. Good Job CFD.

6/20/2011 08:23:00 AM  

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