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Record #: R2017-305   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/19/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/19/2017
Title: Gratitude extended to Chicago Firefighters William Monaco and James Sewnig for heroic actions
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Reboyras, Ariel, Laurino, Margaret, O'Shea, Matthew J.
Attachments: 1. R2017-305.pdf

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

CITY OF CHICAGO

RAHM EMANUEL

MAYOR

April 19,2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

I transmit herewith, together with Aldermen Reboyras, Laurino and O'Shea, a congratulatory resolution concerning the Chicago Fire Department.

 

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

April 19.2017

inois

^Presented by

, Aldermen Ariel Reboyras, Margaret Laurino, -'K^'.
Matthew j. O'Shea, and
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Mavor Rahm Emanuel OM

 

 

'Whereas , In the late evening of January 20, .2017, firefighters William Monaco and;

D'-f ire Depdrtmentjesponded;:to^g.fire:.

iruthe 7TOO block of South Fairfield Avenue, in the Mdrquette,Park'neighborh66&; an6

 

' WHEREAS, • Members of .Squad_Co:mpdpy, -5 arrived with their special rescue, fire ^company and saw heavy fire and thick blqck:smoke billowing from a two-story building;

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• WHEREAS/ Firefighters observed d heavy volume of, fire comingsfrom the' basement and blowing like a torch that reached the eaves of the roof;, and     V \o

 

_> ."' WHEREAS, Acting quickly, the first .engine company Used a deck water gun. to extinguish jhe fire, but the heat was so intense that the blaze flared up a^ihrdnd^^P

 

WHEREAS, The 20th Battalion Chief, Louis,Bongiornp, ordered Squad Company 5
to search.the two-unit building, Firefighters Monaco and Sewni'g, despiteehcountering
thick, heavy,-black smoke, began to search.the first-floor apartment.' Visibility was zero
and therrnal imaging camera equipment was ineffective. As-a result, these firefighters
had to.rely on-feeling around in the engulfed structure jp their search for possible;victims;
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WHEREAS, Firefighter-Sewnig-came upon a'bedroom and felt what seemed: to be a lifeless body. With the dssistance of Firefighter Monaco;! Sewhig carried thepefson to the exterior of the,buildihg; and, ;: . •   Jv ^.iJh^'     X ' .-'7"'-X"      ,; '.- '

 

. WHEREAS, Both firefighters immediately began administering 'life' saving techniques to-the victim,.- q To' year-old girl,. who was not ; breathing and was unresponsive.^. Along.wjth dssistance from^he-ambulance company, they were able to revive the girl using CP.RXthe girl was'Ftransported. to Holy Cross Hospital 'and later 'transferred to Loyola Hospital and.-into a hyperbolic chamber. The girl wds'- released.--from the hospital, less than; a :week dfter nearly dying and is'/expectedJo--'i7i'dke:;qi:full' recovery; and  ... ''. "o* V ;--,-;'; "-'X.;-C ^^v,-. /' '■■''-'  X "yf "-.    ' ;,-/>    .: V' - :: ';;;, .

 

 

: WHEREAS, Firefighters Monaco arid-Sewnig acted quickly, efficiently and with total disregard for their personal safety in performing a.successful rescue and. averting what could 'have been a tragedy. Firefighters Monaco and Sewnig.perfotmed their duties 'in the highest tradition of the Chicago Fire Department; now, therefore, '' "''

 

BE IT RESOLVED, That' we, the .Mayor and Members of the City Council of the City
of Chicago, assembled; this nineteenth day ,of, April, 2017,: do hereby commend
Firefighters William Mdndco and James Sewnig for their skill "and courage in rendering
vital assistance td thosCin.desperate need;.and; -
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That suitable copies, of this resolution be presented to
Firefighters Monaco and Sewnig, and placed on permanent record in their personnel
files, as a token of our appreciation and esteem.
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MAYOR

CITY CLERK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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