Sunday, December 16, 2012
Police say they have launched a death investigation.
A 58-year-old Wilmette man died early this morning after falling backward through a glass coffee table and severely wounding his back, police reported. Brian C. Baker, of the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:47 a.m. at Evanston Hospital, succumbing to his injuries just over a half hour after Wilmette police and fire departments were called to his home, police said. When officers and firefighters arrived at Baker’s home, they found him on the kitchen floor, “severely bleeding from his back from wounds that appeared to have been caused by shards of glass from the coffee table,” according to a police press release. Wilmette Fire Department paramedics attempted to treat Baker while transporting him to Evanston Hospital. …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
No one was hurt in the fire.
Wilmette firefighters extinguished a blaze that burned along the front windows and roof of a home at 440 Skokie Blvd., Wednesday morning. The home’s residents were out when the fire ignited, and no one was injured, said Wilmette Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Gorr. At 11:04 a.m., firefighters responded to a 911 call and arrived on the scene five minutes later. The flames had little time to spread, Gorr said, and Wilmette firefighters quickly put out the blaze. “We ended up knocking down the fire almost immediately,” Gorr said, “and then we spent the rest of the time cutting holes in the walls and roof to make sure there was no extension of the fire, which we had stopped right around the front window area… We were just making sure …
Friday, November 23, 2012
High wind speeds may have caused the tree to fall.
A large tree fell on a car carrying a family of six Friday morning, injuring two people, police said. A Ford Freestyle was traveling northbound on 16th Street at approximately 10:55 a.m., when a large tree fell and struck the vehicle as it approached the stop sign at Wilmette Avenue. The Wilmette Fire Department had to extricate one person from the vehicle by cutting the door and raising the tree with a jack. Two adults were reportedly taken to Evanston Hospital. “Both were alert and talking when they went,” Wilmette Police Sgt. Daniel Walsh said. Police said the tree fell from the southwest corner of the intersection. It is unclear what caused the tree to drop, but Walsh said weather conditions were “pretty windy”. The car and debris from…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
'We Are Not A Community of Strangers.' Residents and organizations from Wilmette and Glenview helped raised money to buy a van for a Romona Elementary School family whose daughter has a severe neurological disorder.
When Wilmette firefighter Ben Wozney learned that a neighbor could not afford a much-needed wheelchair-accessible van, he decided to take action. In just over a month, Wozney, along with his neighbors, and Wilmette and Glenview organizations were able to raise $8,000 to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for the Kurtz family. “It was just extraordinary touching,” David Kurtz said tearing up when the community presented the van to the family Tuesday. “It’s amazing the outpouring and generosity of people, it came entirely unexpected to me.” Watch a video of the community surprising the Kurtz family on the right. Growing up, Kurtz’s daughter Addie, 6, was a happy baby until she was suddenly diagnosed with severe neurologic disorder as a …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Wilmette and Glenview residents and organizations helped raised $8,000 to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for a Romona Elementary School family.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
The fire resulted in no injuries but severe damage to a water main.
Painters using a heat gun started a fire on the first floor of a home at 1000 Central Avenue Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the first floor of the two-story home and there were no injuries, said Lt. Tony Bucci. The Wilmette Fire Department received assistance from Glenview, Evanston, Northfield, Winnetka and Glencoe, which Bucci said is standard procedure. The fire led to a significant water main break at the intersection of Central Avenue and 10th Street, closing the intersection while Wilmette Public Works conducted repairs.
Monday, April 9, 2012
One driver was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The Wilmette Police and Fire Department are currently responding to a head-on collision that sent one driver to Evanston Hospital. Police Chief Brian King said the two-car accident at Sheridan and Ashland Avenue was called in at 2:55 p.m. Monday. The fire department treated one driver for minor injuries at the scene and transported another with non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles will need to be towed. Sheridan Road is currently closed between Westerfield Drive and Greenwood Avenue, though King said he expects the road to be open by 3:45 p.m. As of 3:30 p.m. the cause of the accident was not known and no charges or arrests had been made, King said.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Firefighters don't get the holidays off.
Friday, December 30, 2011
The following is a letter to the editor from Adam L. of Wilmette. While we are celebrating the holidays with our family and friends, it is important to remember those who cannot. Instead of spending time with friends and family, firefighters are celebrating with their second family, their fellow firefighters. Most of us are lucky not to need the assistance of the Wilmette Fire Department, but it is important to remember that they are always available for the residents of Wilmette. They're happy to help with something as simple as resetting a fire alarm to something as intricate as administering top quality medical care to a person having a medical emergency. Firefighters risk their lives for others every single day they go to work. Please …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A group of fire trucks and boats congregated in Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon.
Wilmette and Chicago fire departments are conducting a water rescue in Lake Michigan, according to Wilmette officials. A member of the Wilmette Fire Department confirmed that a rescue involving the Chicago Fire Department, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard was underway early Saturday evening. Patch was tipped off to the incident via Twitter by a reader who's family saw "fire trucks and boats everywhere." The situation is believed to be happening at Gillson Beach. Earlier: Coast Guard Rescues Chicago Man in Wilmette Neither the Wilmette Fire Department nor Police Department could provide further information at the time. The rescue comes on the heels of a Rip Current warning issued by the National Weather Service Saturday afternoon. "Rip tides…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The 18-year-old Chicago man was rescued off a breakwall at Gillson Park Wednesday.
An 18-year-old Chicago man was rescued from drowning in Lake Michigan by U.S. Coast Guard boat crews stationed at the Wilmette Harbor Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The man had been "struggling off a breakwall at Gillson park near the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue," according to the Tribune. (Earlier: Wilmette Fire Department evacuated a resident from his home due to a gas leak.) Wilmette firefighters, who initially arrived at the scene at 6:30 p.m., couldn't access the man and called the Coast Guard for assistance. "It took only about four minutes for Coast Guard rescuers members aboard a 25-foot response boat out of Station Wilmette Harbor to get to the man," the Tribune reports. Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune's…