Jermaine Pelt, a Chicago firefighter, died and two others were injured in West Pullman, according to the CFD.

Jermaine Pelt, a Chicago firefighter, died Tuesday morning after an extra-alarm fire in the West Pullman neighborhood.

According to the fire department, the fire started around 3:30 a.m. near 120th and Wallace streets.

The fire is thought to have started in a home’s attic and spread to two adjacent homes. The structure where the fire began appeared to have a partial roof collapse.

Firefighter Pelt was working a hose line when conditions worsened and all firefighters were ordered out, according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance Holt.

Pelt was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital, where he died later that day. Two more firefighters were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

“Jermaine is our family and when we lose one of our members, it takes a toll on us and people just don’t know what firefighters and paramedics go through daily when they respond to these calls not knowing if they will come home the next day,” Commissioner Nance Holt said.

Pelt, 49, has worked for CFD since 2005. He has two children, one of whom he recently walked down the aisle for her wedding. He is also the father of a six-year-old child.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, one firefighter was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in critical condition and died later. Two more people were transported in critical condition.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m. According to the CFD, the fire has displaced two adults and two children.

Lori Lightfoot, the mayor, issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jermaine Pelt, an 18-year veteran of the CFD, who died in the line of duty early this morning. Following this tragic incident, my heartfelt condolences go out to his family, fellow CFD colleagues, and Engine 75 brothers and sisters.

“It takes a special form of bravery to work as a first responder, to rise to meet different disasters and dangerous situations on a daily basis. Jermaine put his life on the line to answer this call, a selfless act of bravery and dedication to the residents of this city.

“Our city mourns this tragic loss today, and is here to uplift all who loved Jermaine with our prayers and support.”

2 killed when van flips over Stevenson Expressway embankment

Two men were killed and another was critically injured in a Monday evening crash on the Stevenson Expressway, Chicago fire officials said.

According to fire officials, the crash occurred on Interstate 55 inbound near Cicero Avenue on the city’s Southwest Side. A van previously on I-55 flipped over an embankment, ejecting three people.

Two men, 26 and 30 years old, were found dead on the scene, fire officials said. In critical condition, a 42-year-old man was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

One of the victims was identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Victor Gordian, 26, of Chicago.

Authorities did not immediately provide further information about the crash.

A CFD firefighter has been charged with running a prostitution business out of his NW Side apartment.

After being charged with running a “erotic massage” business from his apartment, a Chicago firefighter is expected to be placed on leave.

Brendan Kennedy-Gasior, 37, is charged with felony promoting prostitution and was released from custody on Friday after posting a $500 bond set by Cook County Judge Kelly McCarthy, according to court records.

According to his arrest report, Kennedy-Gasior, of the North Park neighborhood, was arrested Thursday morning.

“These are very serious allegations that do not reflect the standards of conduct expected of our members,” said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the fire department.

According to police records, the fire department’s Internal Affairs Division initially notified the police department’s Human Trafficking Team of the allegations in 2020.

According to the report, Kennedy-Gasior was identified to police by a 23-year-old woman who claimed he told her to set her prices for erotic massage at $150 for a half-hour and $200 for an hour-long session.

According to the woman, she performed up to 50 massage sessions at his home.

According to the report, Kennedy-Gasior received half of the proceeds when she performed sexual acts. The alleged acts occurred at Kennedy-apartment Gasior’s while he was at home.

According to police, Kennedy-Gasior advertised erotic massage services on adult websites, and men interested in the services would call a phone number and be directed to Kennedy-home, Gasior’s which was less than 1,000 feet from a school.

On Saturday, neither Kennedy-Gasior nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

Langford stated that Kennedy-Gasior joined the department in 2019 as an engineer and operates a fire engine.

When Kennedy-Gasior was arrested, he was on medical leave, according to Langford. He is scheduled to return to work next week and will be placed on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

“The accused is currently on active duty leave. CFD will continue to provide assistance to CPD in this investigation “Langford explained.

Kennedy-Gasior is scheduled to appear in court again on April 14.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2023.)

Chicago police: 78-year-old woman killed in NW Side crash identified; 6 others, including children, injured

A 78-year-old woman died Tuesday night in a crash on Chicago’s Northwest Side that injured six others, including children.

The accident happened around 7:52 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Peterson Avenue.

According to police, a 46-year-old man was driving east on Peterson Avenue with five passengers when his vehicle was struck in the intersection by an 18-year-old in a sedan.

The 78-year-old passenger was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified as Zainab Suboh.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital in fair condition, but a 36-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Two children, a three-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, were transported in fair condition to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, according to police.

According to a relative of some of the victims, the family was traveling from Indiana to visit other family members for dinner.

The crash is being investigated by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Unit.

The FBI and Chicago Police Department are still looking for the suspect in the Chicago Loop bank robbery that sparked the downtown shootout.

The suspect accused of robbing a bank at gunpoint in the Loop Thursday afternoon is being sought by Chicago police and the FBI on Friday.

CWB Chicago obtained cell phone video of the suspect kneeling on the ground and stuffing money into a bag before fleeing the bank. Money can be seen fluttering in the breeze.

According to Chicago police, as the suspect was leaving, he was confronted by a security guard, and there was an exchange of gunfire.

During the incident, a bullet grazed the 59-year-old security guard.

The gunfire appeared to shatter the front windows of the bank.

The FBI released a surveillance photo and description of the suspect, who was described as a 5-foot-7-inch-tall male with a medium build, wearing a black hooded jacket, a mask, winter gloves, and blue jeans.

The robbery occurred around 3 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank, which is located near Wacker Drive and Madison Street.

The gunshots were heard by some witnesses.

“I texted my mom, and I was like, ‘mom, I think someone just got shot downstairs,'” Abby Gasick said. “I work right next to the window, and we heard a bunch of loud gunshots.”

The security guard should be fine. He was treated on the spot.

Chicago police temporarily shut down the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison to look for the suspect, but he was not found.

According to law enforcement, no one is in custody.

Fifth Third Bank released a statement, saying, “We are not able to speak to the details of the incident, but the safety of our employees, customers and the public is our utmost concern. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities.”

A CFD firefighter’s wife and three children were critically injured in a Montclare fire.

A house fire on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Tuesday night critically injured the wife and three children of an on-duty Chicago firefighter.

The fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2500 block of North Rutherford Avenue, according to Chicago police.

Firefighters rescued a 34-year-old woman, two young girls, ages 2 and 7, and a 7-year-old boy who had all been exposed to smoke.

Stroger Hospital received an adult and two children.

According to Chicago fire officials, another child was transported to Community First Hospital.

According to CFD spokesman Larry Langford, the fire occurred at the home of an active Chicago firefighter who was on-duty at the time of the blaze.

According to Langford, the firefighter rushed to the scene after hearing his own address over the scanner.

A neighbor reported hearing a loud bang and looking out the window to see the house completely engulfed in flames. That’s when he called for assistance.

“I know there’s three children in the house and a mother,” John M. said.

The home’s damage was visible early Wednesday morning.

Fire inspectors have arrived to determine the cause of the fire.

A man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after an early morning fire in McHenry.

A man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a house fire in McHenry early Saturday morning.

The fire was reported just after midnight in the 600 block of Meadow Road, according to a news release from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

When firefighters arrived, they noticed smoke coming from the front door of the single-story home.

According to the release, the man was rescued and taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with serious injuries.

According to the release, a McHenry Police Department officer was also taken to the hospital in good condition to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

The fire’s origin is still being investigated. The house is uninhabitable.

Firefighters from Chicago are responding to an extra-alarm high-rise fire in Kenwood.

Around 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Chicago police, firefighters, and paramedics responded to a report of a high-rise apartment building fire at 4850 South Lake Park Chicago — Harper Square Co-Operative.

At least five people were hurt (Code Yellow and Code Green for two initially). According to firefighters, two people were injured and are receiving medical treatment as a result of the EMS Plan 1 response. Over and above the EMS Plan 1 response, two additional ambulances were requested to the scene.

The fire department issued a warning about debris falling from the upper floors.

Still and Box, as well as EMS Plan 1, arrived at 10:11 a.m.

2-11 Alarm at 10:23 a.m. on orders of 2-2-1.

3-11 Alarm on 2-1-10 orders at 10:45 a.m.

4-11 Alarm on 2-1-10 orders at 11:17 a.m.

At 10:47 a.m., EMS Plan 2 was activated.

All ambulance crews with equipment assigned to respond to the lobby.

Residents are being rescued from apartments on the floors above the fire, which could be the 15th and 16th floors. Residents on floors 17 through 25 are being rescued.

On the 15th floor, there is a fire. According to Chicago Fire Media on Twitter, the fire was under control by 10:40 a.m., but a fire was also reported on the 22nd floor.

This article contains an early report that was published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

Chicago police are looking for answers after two people were killed and three others were critically injured in a home invasion.

Police in Chicago are looking for the person or persons responsible for a deadly home invasion in the city’s South Shore neighborhood.

In the incident on Monday, five people were shot, two of whom died.

The shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. in a building in the South Shore neighborhood’s 2900 block of East 78th Street.

According to Monay Mack, who lives around the corner, this is normally a quiet street.

“This is not typical. I’m taken aback. Five people were killed, two of them fatally. I’m astounded, “Mack stated. “That has surprised me. Normally, I walk this block every morning to get to the beach, and there is never anything going on over here. However, there is a lot of activity going on down the street.”

According to police, two victims were found dead inside a second-floor apartment, and two others were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. A fifth victim ran away from the shooting and ended up at a McDonald’s about a half-mile away, near 79th Street and South Yates Boulevard.

That individual was also transported to the University of Chicago in critical condition.

The two victims had not been identified as of Tuesday morning.

During a press conference, police described the incident as a “targeted home invasion,” but they refused to speculate on a possible motive.

“I can’t talk about the motive because it’s unique to the crime, and I don’t want to take anything away from the local cops. What I can say is that it does not appear to be a random act “Deputy Chief Sean Loughran of the CPD said. “We’re investigating any relationship between any victims and offenders at this time, but it is very, very preliminary to discuss it.”

Police have also declined to reveal the victims’ ages and genders, but have stated that they are looking for multiple offenders.

Investigators have been canvassing the area in search of eyewitnesses and surveillance video.

“The crime scene, of course, will be taking pictures, video, as well as recovering any specific evidence from the scene that would link these offender or offenders to this heinous crime,” Loughran explained.

Police are asking neighbors to search through any security footage they may have for anything unusual.

5 people were hospitalized after a possible overdose at a SW Side bar, according to Chicago fire officials.

According to Chicago fire officials, five people were hospitalized after possibly overdosing at a Mount Greenwood bar on Sunday.

According to CFD, it happened at Lawlor’s Bar in the 3600-block of W 111th Street.

According to Chicago police, a 31-year-old man, a 45-year-old man, and a 41-year-old woman were all transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital after snorting an unknown substance.

Two other people were taken to Christ Hospital, according to fire officials, but no further information was provided at this time.

All were said to be in fair to serious condition at the time, but have since been stabilized.

Lawlor’s Bar issued the following statement in response to the incident:

“Lawlor’s is a small neighborhood establishment that’s been a member of the Mt. Greenwood community for 15 years. We are shocked and concerned about what took place this afternoon and are praying for the health and well-being of everyone involved. We are working with the Chicago Police Department during this active investigation.”

Three people were injured in a fire at a senior apartment complex on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

A fire broke out at a senior apartment building on Chicago’s Northwest Side, causing three people to be hospitalized.

Around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, emergency crews were called to the West Byron Place Senior Apartments, located at 2815 West Byron Street. According to officials, a fire was discovered in a fourth-floor apartment and was quickly extinguished.

One person was removed from the unit in critical condition, according to officials.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, firefighters performed CPR on the scene before transporting the victim to the street level, where medics continued to work to save her life. She was then taken to a nearby hospital.

The fire department stated that they canvassed the building to ensure that no other residents required assistance following the fire.

The building, according to officials, had operational fire detectors.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

CFD reports that a Christmas Eve fire in a South Austin neighborhood has displaced 12 people.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, an extra-alarm house fire in the city’s South Austin neighborhood on Christmas Eve Saturday displaced at least 12 people.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m. in a two-story home on the West Side near Leamington and Ferdinand, according to officials.

According to the fire department, no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is on the scene to assist those who have been displaced.

A 99-year-old woman died in a South Chicago fire.

A 99-year-old woman died early Friday morning after a fire broke out in her South Chicago home.

Just after midnight, crews responded to a residential fire in the 8200 block of South Saginaw Avenue, according to Chicago police.

The elderly woman was taken to Trinity Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department, where she died as a result of her injuries, according to police.

Almaisa Herard was identified as the victim by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She died at 1:05 a.m. and lived on the same street.

There were no other injuries reported.

Later Friday morning, Chicago fire officials will be in the area distributing smoke detectors and fire safety literature.

CFD battles a massive Hyde Park fire in an apartment building; a woman is critically injured

Tuesday morning, Chicago fire crews are battling a massive fire in an apartment building in the city’s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood.

On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters respond to a 3-alarm fire in a 4-story residential building in the 5100 block of S. Kenwood Ave.
On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters respond to a 3-alarm fire in a 4-story residential building in the 5100 block of S. Kenwood Ave.

As early as 4:30 a.m., large flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from a four-story apartment building in the 5100 block of South Kenwood Avenue.

According to Chicago police, a woman was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition following the incident, which occurred around 3:30 a.m.

Those in the burning building as well as those in nearby buildings were asked to leave their homes early Tuesday.

“Something jolted me awake, and I heard fire engines approaching, and people knocking on doors, saying, ‘fire, fire, gotta get out.’ ‘Get out of the building, the building is on fire,’ someone on the street yelled “Ryan Winters, a neighbor, stated.

On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters respond to a 3-alarm fire in a 4-story residential building in the 5100 block of S. Kenwood Ave.
On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters respond to a 3-alarm fire in a 4-story residential building in the 5100 block of S. Kenwood Ave.

According to Chicago fire officials, approximately 250 firefighters are on the scene.

“I woke up about 4 o’clock to noise in the backyard, and I looked out to see someone chopping down the wooden fence between the properties,” said neighbor Joan Allison.

On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters work to extinguish an extra-alarm blaze in a four-story residential building in Hyde Park.
On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters work to extinguish an extra-alarm blaze in a four-story residential building in Hyde Park.

There are some street closures in the area as crews work to extinguish the raging fire, which had grown in size by 6:30 a.m., with flames and heavy smoke billowing from the building’s roof.

Hoarding conditions, according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt, made it difficult for firefighters to access the fire early on.

On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters pour water on a blaze in a four-story apartment building in Hyde Park that injured a resident.
On December 6, 2022, Chicago firefighters pour water on a blaze in a four-story apartment building in Hyde Park that injured a resident.

Firefighters are on the defensive after the building’s roof caved in, Nance-Holt said at a press conference around 7 a.m.

“We’re pouring tons of water on this fire,” she explained. “(Crews have) a lot of work ahead of them.”

According to Nance-Holt, at least eight people have been displaced.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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