Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Town names Erika Rosas as new Chief Animal Welfare Warden

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Town names Erika Rosas as new Chief Animal Welfare Warden
The Town of Cicero News Wire

(Cicero News Wire/Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009) – Erika Rosas says that when she is not concentrating on her public service career she spends her time worrying about the well-being of animals.

Rosas, who joined the Wagon Trails Animal Shelter Board in June 2009, will be able to now take her concern for animals one more step as the Town of Cicero’s newly appointed Chief Animal Welfare Warden.

“I love animals and I know how important the care of animals are and also how important this is to the well-being of our community,” Rosas, 36, said after her appointment was approved by the Town of Cicero Board on Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009.

“I am going to make the care and well-being of animals in our community my number one priority. I want to make the shelter a better place and I want to network our shelter with other shelters in neighboring communities and in the region.”

Rosas is the former chief of staff to State Rep. Lisa Hernandez who is the “Ambassador” to the Animal Shelter.

“We’re very proud to have Erika Rosas head up this agency. The proper care of animals is important showing compassion to our pets and also to protect our community,” said Town President Larry Dominick.

“Representative Hernandez and Ms. Rosas are both dedicated public servants who have made service to the Town of Cicero a priority.”

Rosas said that she plans to work towards certification as an animal welfare specialist.

“I have two dogs, a Neapolitan Mastiff and an English Bull Dog. Those are my babies. I love animals,’ Rosas said.

Rosas has been a Cicero resident for the past eight years and she grew up in neighboring Berwyn. She is a 1991 graduated of Nortom West High school. Before joining Representative Hernandez’s staff, Rosas worked as a business agent and organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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Four firefighter recruits join the Cicero Fire Department

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Four firefighter recruits join the Cicero Fire Department
The Town of Cicero News Wire

(Town of Cicero News Wire/Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009) -- The Town of Cicero Tuesday announced the hiring of four firefighters who scored at the top of the firefighter’s eligibility list.

The four new firemen are Jake Kolin, Edward Ross, Michael Stahl and Matthew Hill. They will begin immediately on “probationary” status, which is a routine manner in which new hires are brought into the department, officials said.

“We have a commitment to provide the best fire protection to the people of Cicero and this will enable the Fire Department to maintain the best service possible,” said Town President Larry Dominick.

“Before being assigned to a shift, the probationary firefighters will spend 10 to 12 weeks in the Cicero Fire Academy for training,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Piekarski.

“In addition to basic firefighting, the Academy offers specialized awareness level training in rescue courses such as trench rescue, structural collapse, confined space rescue and high-rise rescue.”

The Cicero Fire Academy has its own classroom and drill site located in the south side of the Town next to our fire station. The drill site includes a multi-story drill tower where practice fires can be extinguished. The new recruits will also have the opportunity to practice ventilation and forcible entry techniques as well as operations relating the Engine Companies, Truck Companies and Tower Ladder Companies. The road to becoming a firefighter is very demanding.  Each day the new recruits are given training in a different subject area.

“The training is extensive and involves classroom and hands on training,” Piekarski said.

All firefighters must become proficient in the areas of: Ventilation, Organization, Forcible Entry, Salvage, Fire Streams, Fire Behavior, Ropes & Knots, Apparatus, Fire Hose, Water Supply, Rescue, Overhaul, Fire Control, Ladders, Tools & Equipment, Building Construction, Personal Safety, Fire Prevention, Confined Space & Trench Rescue Awareness, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, Emergency Medical - Advanced First Aid -  CPR - AED Training - Ambulance Operations Training, Automobile Extrication, Hazardous Materials, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Communications, Structural and Collapse Rescue.

After completion of these courses, the new recruits are required to pass the Firefighter II state written and practical examination meeting the requirements of the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal - Division of Personnel Standards and Education.

New Recruits must also pass additional state examinations in the following subject matter as required by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

1. Hazardous Materials Awareness
2. Hazardous Materials Operations
3. Technical Rescue Awareness
4. Fire Apparatus Engineer


The new hires were saluted at the Dec. 8, 2009 board meeting by trustees and fire and police officials. Each received a certificate of achievement.

“They are joining the best fire department in the world,” said Trustee Dennis Raleigh. “It’s a great and honored profession and you will wear the badge and uniform to the highest degree of achievement, to what it is supposed to be.”

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Pearl Harbor Story picked up in Chicago Sun-Times and the Naperville Sun Newspapers

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The Town of Cicero celebrates by remembering those soldiers who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 with a ceremony today (Monday Dec. 7, 2009) at the Cicero Veteran's Memorial.

Here is a link to the story of one Cicero resident who died there and the feelings of his surviving relatives who will join Town President Larry Dominick and the members of the Town of Cicero Board at a commemoration ceremony at 11 am.

CLICK HERE to read the Naperville Sun Newspaper story?

CLCIK HERE to read the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper story on ceremonies to be held this morning.

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