Thursday, May 2, 2013
A team of basketball players from the New Lenox Fire Protection District will be playing the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association team, the Rolling Falcons, to raise funds.
A team from the New Lenox Fire Protection District will be seated in wheelchairs to play against the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association's Rolling Falcons. The game is a fundraiser to benefit the LWSRA. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway. Tickets can be purchased at NLFPD Station One, 261 E. Maple St., or at the LWSRA Office, which is temporarily housed at Lincoln-Way Central High School. "Last year we had a good turn-out, but I would like to have a great one this year," said NLFPD Firefighter John Harkenrider. "It's for a good cause, and it's a lot of fun," he added. It is a $5 donation for adults (13 & older) $3 for children. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A car went in the pond at Lincoln-Way Central High April 26. Divers fished it out April 27.
New Lenox Fire Protection District fished a car out of the pond at Lincoln-Way Central High School. Divers from NLFPD about 10 a.m. April 27 pulled a vehicle from the pond on the north end of Lincoln-Way Central High School, 18001 E. Lincoln Highway. According to NLFPD Battalion Chief Chris Ward, the car went in the pond about 9 a.m. the day before. The vehicle, a silver Saturn, belonged to a teacher at Lincoln-Way Central High School. The identity of the vehicle's owner has not been released. Ward said she had parked her car along the edge of the lot in front of the pond about 30-minutes to an hour before it was discovered to have entered the water. "I'm not going to speculate how it got in the water," he added. School officials …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Two people were injured in a semi-truck-car crash on Interstate 80 at Route 30. The two were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
UPDATE: Tuesday--9:40 p.m. Illinois State Police Sgt. Jeff Padilla said the driver of the semi-truck had passed out at the wheel after having taken some medication. He was in the right lane of traffic and drifted across all four lanes, clipping the front-end of the SUV. The trailer went all the way left into the wire median, where it came to a stop. The SUV rolled into the right ditch. Both drivers received non-life threatening injuries, according to Padilla. The semi-truck driver was issued a ticked for improper lane use. The identities of the two were not released. Original story: Illinois State Police are investigating a semi-truck-car crash about 6:30 p.m. today on Interstate 80 at Route 30 in New Lenox. ISP Sgt. Jeff Padilla …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Smoke alarms ... they are a pet peeve item on Erika Leader-Young's fire safety checklist. She is tired of witnessing tragedy in home fires because victims were not alerted by smoke alarms.
Courtesy of Erika Leader-Young, New Lenox Fire Protection District, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 1. A candle fire is reported to a U.S. fire department ever 40 minutes. 2. In 2009, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 58,900-reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. 3. The top cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment, accounting for an estimated 147,400 (40 percent) of residential fires each year between 2008 and 2010. 4. Six people die every day in home fires. 5. More than 1,000 senior citizens die in fires every year. READ MORE: Expert Advice: Follow These Fire…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Erika Leader-Young is a firefighter/paramedic and a public education coordinator. One of her biggest jobs is helping folks understand how they can take simple measures to avoid home fires.
Erika Leader-Young can tell you from first-hand experience how a fire can disrupt your life—or take your life away. Leader-Young is a firefighter/paramedic with the New Lenox Fire Protection District. She has served as the district’s public education coordinator for two years in a full-time capacity and nearly twice that long counting part-time work. And she knows how quickly fires spread and how they can turn deadly, too. More than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and 18,300 are injured, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. And Leader-Young said an overwhelming number of fires occur in the home. “Fire doubles in size every 17 seconds, ” she said. “People can go on YouTube and see how quickly it spreads. We did a side-by-side …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Traffic is stopped on Interstate 80 after a semi truck going west crossed the median and collided with another car, a witness said.
A semi truck collided with another car Monday morning on Interstate 80, closing down lanes and sending two people to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. According to a witness on the scene, a truck headed westbound blew out a tire and crossed the median, hitting a car that was moving east. The accident occurred just east of Gougar Road in New Lenox. The witness said an infant was removed from the car and appeared to be OK. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital, but the witness said she appeared conscious. Get breaking newsletters from New Lenox Patch. Brian Applegate of the New Lenox Fire Protection District said two people were taken to Silver Cross Hospital but he did not know the extent of their injuries. Eastbound …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Members of the Frankfort and New Lenox fire departments surprised Jordan Kreml on Saturday with an escort to his family's New Lenox home. Kreml returned from 13 weeks of training.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Jordan Kreml first suspected something might be up when he noticed his brother showing his mom's friend a text message while they were riding back from the airport. But it was the apperance of the fire engine escort from the Frankfort and New Lenox fire protection districts that greeted Kreml and his family as they exited I-355 on their way to their New Lenox home Saturday that he knew his return from 13 weeks of Marines basic training would be something special. The members of Frankfort's cadet program organized this homecoming for Kreml, who joined the cadet program 2 1/2 years ago at the age of 16, said cadet adviser and fire engineer Brian Adcock. "It's good to have him back," Adcock said. "Unfortunately, I don't know if he'll come …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Joliet American Legion Band will perform a selection of patriotic music to honor police and firefighters Sunday at Lincoln-Way East High School.
John Herder remembers after Sept. 11, 2001, seeing the signs in people's yards and bumper stickers on cars with their "Never Forget" slogans. A decade later, Herder wants to evoke that same feeling with Sunday's Joliet American Legion Band's memorial concert at Lincoln-Way East High School. "I thought this concert would be along those lines, making sure people would never forget what happened," said Herder, a tuba player with the band and the organizer behind this weekend's event. "I wanted it to be an awakening, so we won't forget. I'm sure those same sentiments happened when they bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. But this is still fresh in our minds." READ: The Southland Reflects on 9/11 in this Photo Slideshow The free concert will …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Representative from Insurance broker responds to fire district's claims. The New Lenox Fire District is investigating its workers comp rates after leaving the same insurance provider last month.
Updated at 12:15 p.m.: A representative from McClure and Associates says the insurance broker is not responsible for the Mokena Fire Protection District's overpayment, but its parent company will refund the money once proper documentation is provided. Dave Ciarrachi, a partner at McClure, said Thursday by phone that worker's compensation insurance is set by the state and multiplied by the institution's payroll. That rate went down during their second year of business with Mokena, yet the fire district continued to use the previous rate. "They plugged in the wrong rate," Ciarrachi said. Ciarrachi noted that McClure isn't involved in the sale of premiums. The money is sent directly to its parent company, Dallas National Insurance, who is …
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The fire occurred at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Brian Richter stood outside his home with friends Tuesday afternoon and watched his home slowly burn to the ground. A heavy fire at about 1:30 a.m. destroyed the family's home, but everyone escaped without injuries. The New Lenox Fire Protection District responded to a fire at 12920 Francis Road early Tuesday morning, and the home was still burning throughout the day. Heavy smoke poured out of the top of the home, and small flames surrounded the exterior. "We're not sure how it started. Now I'm just waiting on this," said Brian, 22, motioning toward the house as the last bits of wood slowly crumbled. New Lenox Fire Chief Jon Mead said the Fire Protection District arrived shortly after a 911 call because its Station No. 4 is located very …