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Morning Lineup – February 25

Monday Morning – Heart Tugs Today

Day before yesterday, Saturday we posted a heart-tugging story about the 40th anniversary of an LODD event in Palatine, Illinois, where three firefighters, all young men with growing families, perished in a commercial building fire.  If you missed that one, please CLICK HERE and take a few minutes to check it out.

We've got an update for you on the story as it relates to this year's commemoration.  The Snorkel truck that is featured in the story and so many of the photographs published in John Tobin's book was tracked down and trucked in for the procession and ceremonies Saturday.

StacyPageOnline photo

StacyPageOnline, a digital newspaper serving the region around Kosciusko County, Indiana, posted:

Pat Gratzianna is the deputy fire chief at Palatine Fire Department. He said, "That truck is a key piece of the puzzle. It was the first on the scene and was instrumental in fighting that fire."

The truck, a 1969 75-foot Snorkel, was purchased by the Palatine Fire Department and used for over a decade before it was sold to a fire department in Salem, Ill. It later was sold to Pierceton (Indiana) Fire Department in the spring of 2001 and has been in use ever since.

Gordon Baker is a second lieutenant with Pierceton Fire Department. He said the truck has been used without problems since it was purchased for $25,000. "It’s passed all the inspections and it’s a great truck," he explained. "To replace it with all of the equipment today would cost at least $750,000."

(John) Tobin contacted Pierceton and asked to borrow the truck for the 40th anniversary memorial. A trucking company picked the fire truck up on Wednesday and safely delivered it to Palatine, Ill.

I think that's just terrific, don't you?  Read the full article in the StacyPageOnline HERE.

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From the West Coast Washington comes a note from FG reader Scott Niebuhr who has a request of us:

On March 10th I’ll be participating in the 22nd Seattle Firefighter Stairclimb to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for my 3rd straight year. In this event 1,500 firefighters climb to the 73rd floor of the Columbia Tower in Seattle wearing full structure gear and SCBA for donations, and all proceeds go directly to the LLS to help against blood cancers. Last year the event as a whole raised $1.2 million. My donation page can be found here: I also have a facebook page set up:

Last year on March 11, 2012, 1,550 firefighters representing 291 departments from 24 US states, Canada and Germany competed in this timed race to the top of the Columbia Center (Seattle's tallest building) in full combat gear and self contained breathing apparati (SCBA). This unique event is the largest individual firefighter competition in the world and raised a record $1.2 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Take a look at this video of last year's event:


2012 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb from Jesse Michener on Vimeo.

Hey, anytime a bunch of firefighters can get together and raise over $1 million in ONE DAY for cancer research and treatment, that's worth taking note of.  This year's stair climb is just a couple of weeks away, so don't put it off.  Click on one of  Scott's links and send a couple of bucks his way.  Don't put it off.  You'll be glad you did.

I didn't see a Bunn-O-Matic at the starting line, but I'll bet they found one around there somewhere.  We can find one back in the day room after we get this equipment checked out for today, so let's get started.

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