Wednesday, September 30, 2009

History of the DeKalb Fire Department

The DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society will be meeting at Fire Station #1 on Pine Street on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. for a program on the history of the DeKalb Fire Department.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Possible DeKalb Resident's Role in Capturing Fugitive

CAUGHT!! Armed and dangerous Robert Maday escaped custody and led Chicago and suburban police on a chase for about twenty-four hours. An alert DeKalb resident placed a 911 call. For the Chicago Tribune story click here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cookies for Cops

The Neighborhood Watches in the Third Ward hosted the DeKalb Police Department at Liberty Park on Lewis Street on September 2nd. About a dozen police officers attended as well as dozens of neighborhood kids, neighbors, and people walking their dogs. Thanks to everyone who attended! Some of the police officers threw a football around with the kids. Neighbors got to meet officers, our local neighborhood resident officer, detectives, Police Chief Bill Feithen, and the Gang Unit, which unfortunately our neighborhood keeps busy. It was our small way of saying thank you to all the work the police do for us, 24/7, 365 days a year.

We treated many kids, but there were a few cookies left to bring to the station for those who could not leave and Liz Carney thoughtfully brought a thank you message for all to sign to bring back to the station. One of the neighborhood kids wrote, "You guys rock!"

The weather was perfect and dozens of kids were in Liberty Park. We expected to thank the Police Department but it appears there was an added benefit of the neighborhood kids having fun with the police. Building trust with the kids is crucial. We hope an event like this can be repeated!

Thank you, DeKalb Police!

DeKalb Area Women's Center Director Anna Marie Coveny talking with Detective Angel Reyes

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Texting and Driving Videos from Wales

"Oh my God," Secretary of State Jesse White said on a TV news program when watching this public service film out of Wales. It is graphic and some links on YouTube will not play automatically, one has to sign in first. I think every driver should watch it:

Here is what it is like to be a police officer and have to tell a parent their child is dead:

Encountering a relative of the deceased:

The public scrutiny for the parents of the driver: