Firehouse Renamed in Honor of Fallen Firefighter

The Town of Cicero renamed the Firehouse at 5410 W. 34th Street in memory of Lt. Robert “Augie” Augustyn who died of injuries while on duty sustained during an accident on Sept. 6, 2001. Lt. Augustyn’s wife Sharon attended the board meeting to accept the recognition and to thank President Dominick and the Town Board of Trustees for the honor. The resolution was presented to Sharon Augustyn by Trustee John Cava. A formal renaming will be held in September. Here is the resolution with some photos from the board meeting.


WHEREAS Lt. Robert “Augie” Augustyn was a distinguished and highly respected member of the Town of Cicero Fire Department; and

WHEREAS Augustyn and his engine company responded to a traffic accident at 25th Place and Laramie Avenue on Sept. 6, 2001, but were released from the incident by Fire Department ambulance EMT’s; and

WHEREAS Cicero Fire engines and trucks maneuvered to leave the accident scene, Augustyn exited his vehicle to help guide the Fire Truck as it backed up. Augustyn accidentally fell to the ground and was struck by the vehicle, suffering serious, crushing injuries and passing away on Sept. 7, 2001; and

WHEREAS named the “Firefighter of the Year” by the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees, Augustyn, 57, was planning for his retirement to cap a distinguished 33-year career; and

WHEREAS Augustyn is survived by his wife, Sharon, three daughters Sandy, Christine and Jory, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; and

WHEREAS Augustyn has come to symbolize the very best in Cicero’s Fire Department’s emergency and safety services personnel; and

AND WHEREAS each year, the Town of Cicero and the Cicero Fire Department gather to honor Augustyn’s career; his professional service and sacrifice serve as standards for other firefighters to follow; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees hereby rename the Firehouse at 5410 W. 34th Street in memory of Lt. Robert “Augie” Augustyn; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to the family of Lt. Robert “Augie” Augustyn as a testimonial to his achievements and a reminder to all of the sacrifices that Firefighters make for the safety of our citizenry

Here is the video of the presentation (the second segment on the video beginning at the 2:52 time marker)