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5 firefighters hospitalized after ‘feeling ill’

(CHICAGO) Five Chicago Fire Department firefighters were taken to the hospital early Monday when they reported “feeling ill” after battling an earlier blaze.

About 3:20 a.m., the firefighters were all taken from the Engine 26 Firehouse, 10 N. Leavitt St., according to Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez.

Three firefighters were taken to Stroger Hospital, one was taken to Rush University Medical Center and a fifth firefighter was transported to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Hernandez said. They were all listed in fair-to-serious condition.

The nature of their illness and which fire may have caused it or contributed to it remains under investigation early Monday.

Indicted Chicago cop agrees to give up his gun

(CHICAGO) A Chicago Police officer has agreed to give up his gun and state firearm owner’s ID card while facing federal charges alleging he violated two teenagers’ civil rights.

Marco Proano, 41, shot the teens on Dec. 22, 2013, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. He fired 16 shots at the stolen car they were riding in. The shooting was captured on a police vehicle’s dashboard camera, authorities say.

Proano pleaded not guilty last week, and defense attorney Daniel Herbert had warned that the Chicago Police Department might put Proano in a no-pay status if he gave up his FOID card. However, Herbert told the judge on Monday that CPD “decision makers” have told him the move would not affect Proano’s employment.

On Monday morning, a police spokesman said the department had not received notification from the court that Proano turned in his FOID card.

“When they do, he will move to a no-pay status,” said the spokesman, Frank Giancamilli.

As of last week, Proano was on paid desk duty, having been stripped of his police powers.

The Independent Police Review Authority recommended on Aug. 16 that CPD fire Proano. The teenagers who were shot have settled a lawsuit against the city for $360,000.

A source said the department is expected to move to fire Proano this week.

Herbert has defended his client’s actions, saying state law and police policy at the time of the shooting allowed officers to fire at moving vehicles. He said one teen jumped from the back seat of the stolen car and was operating the gas pedal and brake pedal with his hands. Another teen was dangling out of the car.

Herbert said there also was a report that a gun was in the car. Police recovered a pellet gun, he said.

He acknowledged that the public might think the shooting was “horrible” after viewing the video. But Proano was justified in using deadly force to stop the reckless driver who was jeopardizing the passenger hanging from the vehicle or could have harmed a citizen in the way of the car, Herbert said.

The policy in place in 2013 said, “Firing at or into a moving vehicle is only authorized to prevent death or great bodily harm.”

The policy changed last year to bar officers from “firing at or into a moving vehicle when the vehicle is the only force used against the sworn member or another person.”

In 2011, Proano fatally shot a 19-year-old man after he and other officers scuffled with him outside a party on the South Side.

Proano received an award for valor from the department in connection with the shooting and the Independent Police Review Authority found it was justified. A jury awarded the family of the dead man $3.5 million in a lawsuit, but a Cook County judge overturned it.

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West Englewood firefighters searching for missing dog | abc7chicago.com

Engine 116 firefighters are searching for their beloved fire house dog, Bull. He was let out on Aug. 14, and has not returned.

“I never thought I would be dog guy, but ten years ago, I was adopted by a dog,” Big John Howell said on Tuesday morning.

Big John and Ray want to help get this dog back home. Share the picture!

Any info can be provided to the station located at 5955 S Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60636.

Chicago firefighters at Engine 116 in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood are searching for their engine’s dog Bull, who has been missing since Aug. 14.

Source: West Englewood firefighters searching for missing dog | abc7chicago.com

Child dead, 3 injured in extra-alarm blaze in South Chicago

Firefighters battled an extra-alarm blaze early Tuesday at a three-story apartment building in South Chicago. | Chicago Fire Department


(CHICAGO) A child has died and three other people were injured after an extra-alarm blaze early Tuesday in a South Chicago neighborhood apartment building.

Firefighters responded about 1:40 a.m. to the blaze in the three-story courtyard apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex, according to Chicago Police and the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire officials reported heavy fire on the second and third floors of the building.

The child was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he or she was pronounced dead, authorities said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional information Tuesday morning.

One man was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, two other people were taken to South Shore Hospital, one in fair-to-serious condition and the other in good condition, fire officials said.

As of 3:47 a.m., crews were still working to put the fire out with three master streams directed at the building.