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State Fire Marshal Congratulates 8 Illinois Fire Departments on 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

                                    Bourbonnais Fire Protection District honored

"We're pleased to be notified again to received the award.  We do a lot of community education in our community. Our focus is always to educate at schools, with senior citizens, the at-risk community, about fire safety" ......     Ed St. Louis, Bourbonnais Fire District Chief

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is proud to announce that eight fire departments from Illinois have been recognized with the 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company recognize fire departments that recorded zero fire deaths in residential structures or a ten percent reduction of fire deaths from the previous year. Other qualifications include having an active fire prevention program and commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

“Fire prevention is our number one priority,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Whether that’s educating our kids on fire safety or responding rapidly to a house fire, our fire departments are ensuring the safety and well-being of all Illinoisans. I commend the eight departments recognized for their hard and courageous work.”

For 2016, 110 fire departments from 31 states received the honor. The eight Illinois fire departments are:
• Alsip Fire Department
• Bourbonnais Fire Protection District
• Countryside Fire Protection District
• Effingham Fire Department
• Gurnee Fire Rescue
• Henry Fire Protection District
• River Forest Fire Department
• Wheeling Fire Department

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Semi driver killed in crash on Route 17

Two semi tractor-trailers crashed Thursday on Route 17 near Grant Park, killing one of the drivers. The accident happened at 12:40 pm at North Bull Creek Road (17170E Road).

{Kankakee County has recorded two fatalities in as many days}

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum identified the driver who died as 26-year-old Jose Cardenas of Bridgeview (IL). He was dead at the scene, according to the Kankakee County Coroner’s office.

Police report the driver of an eastbound semi on Illinois 17 crossed the center line and collided with a westbound semi. The victim was in the westbound unit. The other driver was transported to Riverside Medical Center with injuries.

Update: Wednesday's I-57 crash >

A second person has died from injuries in a 3-vehicle crash on I-57 near Manteno Wednesday.

24-year-old Michelle Crowe of Boca Raton, FLA died from her injuries. She was a passenger in a car sandwiched between two semi’s in a construction zone. The woman had been air-lifted from the scene. She died at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

26-year-old Jake Jake Hemrick of Tampa, Fa., was killed in the crash. Hemrick was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car is hospitalized at Presence St. Mary’s in Kankakee.

Two truck drivers were treated for injuries. One of the driver’s was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Olivet reports record enrollment

   Olivet surpasses 5,000 students for first time in 110-year history

Olivet Nazarene University reports the highest enrollment in the University’s 110-year history as the 2017–2018 academic year gets underway. Of the total 5,002 students enrolled, 3,037 are undergraduates, and 2,401 of the undergrads live on campus. This also continues the historically strong trend for enrollment of freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, a record freshman retention rate of 78 percent and a record number of 64,357 credit hours taught provide solid proof of service to and care for its students.

“Increasing numbers of students from across the country and around the world continue to arrive each fall for the unique Olivet experience,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Enrollment is decreasing at many universities, and some are even closing their doors. Students and their families consistently value Olivet’s quality academics and career preparation in a Christian environment.”

Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) reports a new record enrollment with 2,092 students, which includes the largest number of graduate students in University history. This growth reflects the University’s continued expansion with regional centers throughout the Midwest, online programs, and education partnerships with more than 240 businesses and other organizations.

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Milford, Watseka celebrate 2017 Homecoming activities

Community spirit is energized in Milford and Watseka this weekend. High school activities are part of the two school district’s homecoming events.

Traditional prep football games are included in the list of events in the respective towns. Oakwood visits Milford for the homecoming football game. Watseka plays host to Dwight High School. The games are scheduled for 7 pm.

Homecoming activities are being held all week long.

Homecoming royalty will be crowned and each community has competitive events to broaden the homecoming spirits.
Also in Watseka --- the WCHS Inspiration Awards will recognize past students and athletes for their accomplishments.

The WCHS Alumni Association will honor this year’s award recipients at the annual banquet Saturday.

Award recipients include: Dale Flach, 1954; Robert Strickler from the 1956 class; Hannah Garry from the class of 1991. Brad Odgers from the class of 1995 is an Athletic Inspiration Award winner, along with the 1986-87 and 1987-88 boys basketball teams.

The two basketball teams will be recognized during the Watseka Holiday Basketball Tournament in December, according to Association spokesman Kerry Bell.

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Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator search begins; assistant coordinator resigns

Iroquois County’s Emergency Telephone System Board will need to step up its efforts in finding a new coordinator.

Following the August retirement of former coordinator Nita Dubble, assistant coordinator Sandy Drake is stepping aside. She’ll begin a new position in mid-October.

Dubble’s 30 plus years experience, coupled with Drake’s 10 years in the emergency position, finds a relatively inexperienced board of directors getting its own wheels in motion.

Sheriff Derek Hagen is the acting-coordinator, having been appointed following Dubble’s retirement. Hagen says the tele-communicators are well-trained and well-versed in their own responsibilities. The coordinator role—he points out---requires equipment knowledge and a rapport with all emergency responders.....fire, police, ambulance and others. Supervisory know-how, he said, is a must.

Hagen says the coordinator is the face of ETSB. “It’s a people-person skill.”

The 9-1-1 or ETSB Board has also been forced to re-organize. Experienced members, frustrated with the politicking of the County Board over the last several years, also walked away.

Newest ETSB members include Warren Weber, Joel Moore and Joe Young (all three fire and ambulance responders). Also on the Board is Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas and Charlie Alt, representing the county board.

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