The Cicero Fire Department took the motto of “Cicero Residents Always Comes First” to heart in August after extinguishing of a fire on the 5800 block of 35th Street. While the Aug. 11 fire did not destroy any residential homes, there was significant damage to a nearby building with four units.
“The fire from the original building contacted the residential units, displacing a few families,” said Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
One of those displaced families included Pricilla Rodriguez, who had returned from the hospital that day after delivering her premature daughter a few days earlier. Her apartment, including recently-acquired items for her new child, suffered smoke damage and couldn’t be used. That is when the firefighters took action.
Members of the Cicero Firefighter Local 717 took it upon themselves to provide Rodriguez with what she will need to care for her baby, delivering them just days after stopping the fire.
“This is the not the first time the firefighters of Cicero have stepped up to volunteer their time or go out of their way to help those in need,” Buscemi said.
Town President Larry Dominick praised the firefighters for their selfless act.
“I am grateful to hear of our first responders going above the call of duty to make sure our residents are taken care of when tragedy strikes,” Dominick said. “They are great ambassadors of this town.”