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Women accuse Chicago Fire Department of discrimination 

Could you do it? Both Ray Stevens and Jen DeSalvo of the morning show are pretty tough when it comes to fitness, but even the both of them had some reservations about the requirements.

“Stepping 18-inches? I don’t think my hip flexors have that range of motion,” Jen said.

Ray also wasn’t too sure that carrying a 250-pound body up six flights of stairs was an easy task.

A dozen women who wanted to be paramedics say the Chicago Fire Department devised two new physical agility tests that are biased against women.

One test requires candidates to go up six flights of stairs with a 250-pound dummy within eight minutes. The other requires candidates to step onto and off of an 18-inch-high box to the beat of a metronome for two minutes without missing a beat while holding 25-pound weights in each hand.

Read the full story from the Chicago Sun-Times here: Women accuse Chicago Fire Department of discrimination — again | Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Fire Department lieutenant dies after bicycle crash

(CHICAGO) A Chicago Fire Department lieutenant died Monday, three weeks after he was injured in a crash while riding his bicycle back to his Far South Side home following a shift.

Danny Carbol, 56, died at 10:05 p.m. Monday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Carbol finished his shift at the firehouse in the 8000 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 20 and said goodbye to his fellow firefighters and then got on his bike to ride home, as he had done for years, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. He lived in the 10500 block of South Central Park Avenue.

He tried to brake but he hit a vehicle, went over the bike and hit the vehicle head-first, Langford said.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of multiple injuries from being struck by a vehicle and ruled his death an accident. The exact time and address of the crash were not available, though the Chicago Police Department said the crash occurred in a suburb and not within city limits.

“Despite the best efforts to save him, the brain damage was irreversible,” Langford said.

“It’s a great loss to the department,” he said.

“Danny comes from a firefighter family. His dad served many years and his brother is also a firefighter. He rode his bicycle to and from the firehouse for many years. We are saddened at the loss and his department family joins his first family in mourning his death.”

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

Man killed in North Side fire

(CHICAGO) A man hurt in a North Side fire Sunday succumbed to his injuries, fire officials said.

The man — described only as an adult — died Monday of injuries he sustained in a fire early Sunday in the 1900 block of West Devon, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The fire was reported about 3:26 a.m., according to Fire Media. The fire was extinguished at 6:12 a.m., according to Fire Media.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death early Tuesday but could not provide further details.

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