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First responders helped bring NIU, DeKalb communities together

By Joe Palmer | February 14, 2013

Ryanne Mace would be 24 years old today and Julianna Gehant would be 37. Catalina Garcia, Gayle Dubowski and Daniel Parmenter would be 25. Their stories and their lives have been chronicled, cherished and shared over the past five years. This time has...

Senior history major Nina Cunningham is escorted from the city
council meeting by police chief Bill Feithen after raising her
voice in protest of the DeKalb Police Stations relocation Monday

Students removed from council meeting

By Olivia Willoughby | February 13, 2012

Several angry students had to be removed from the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.After discussing the main agenda, the council invited citizens to speak about issues they were concerned with. Three students took the opportunity to address the new...

Northern Star Photo Illustration

DeKalb Fire Department spotlights carbon monoxide dangers

By Olivia Willoughby | January 31, 2012

This month the DeKalb County Fire Department is spotlighting the dangers of carbon monoxide and is encouraging both students and citizens to take safety measures to prevent carbon monoxide leaks ."Carbon monoxide can be life-threatening," said fire chief...

DeKalb Fire Department responds to cooking fire late Monday

By Linze Griebenow | January 24, 2012

Emergency vehicles responded to a grease fire Monday night at 821 Crane Drive.DeKalb Fire Department was called at 11:44 p.m. in response to smoke emanating from DeKalb resident Carolyn Section's home at University Village. The fire was attributed to...

Northern Star File Photo- Bruce Harrison is sworn in as DeKalb
fire chief in January 2009.

DeKalb Fire Chief reflects on 30 years of community service

By Olivia Willoughby | January 23, 2012

After 30 years of serving the community, DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison will leave his position to become Notre Dame's fire chief.Harrison said he will move to his new position March 1, but will leave the DeKalb County Fire Department in mid to late...

Holiday fires cause deaths annually

By Dan Martynowicz | November 27, 2011

A fire in your home this holiday season could extinguish the holiday cheer. According to a press release from the DeKalb Fire Department, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 430 fires involving Christmas...

Community gathers to pay respects

By Dave Gong | October 2, 2011

Residents and city officials gathered Sunday to remember city employees who passed away while serving DeKalb. "We are gathered here today to honor some great people that unfortunately died," said DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison at the start of the service....

Laybe Bennett, junior special education majo, cooks spaghetti
for her and her roommates Tuesday night.

Tips for cooking safely

By Drew Veskauf | September 21, 2011

In the college life cooking for oneself is a way to save money and maintain a healthier lifestyle, but it can also be recipe for a structure fire. "(Cooking fires) are the biggest cause of accidental fires," said DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison. Cooking...

Woman hospitalized after fire broke out at Golden Years Plaza

By Matt Liparota | August 26, 2011

A fire in an eighth-floor apartment in DeKalb left one woman hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Thursday night. The fire, which occurred at Golden Years Plaza, 507 E. Taylor St., required the evacuation of several floors of the 16-floor complex,...

Fire chief says “culmination of minor issues” causes building condemnation

By Jimmy Johnson | June 16, 2011

Fire Chief Bruce Harrison said that the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house has "dramatically improved their premise already" since being condemned nearly a month ago. Harrison said the next inspection will be in early July, around the time the rest of the...

Graduation party season is approaching. Following the law at these parties is the key to safety.

Party safely during graduation

By Megan Healy | May 8, 2011

DeKalb | Graduation party season is about to hit, and there is important information to know before planning the next big bash. DeKalb has strict rules regarding party policy that include noise and loud music which can be an issue. Sunday through Thursday...

Structure fire causes $1 million in damages

By Dave Gong | May 3, 2011

DeKALB | A structure fire in the 800 block of East Locust Street has caused $1 million in damages.A press release from the DeKalb Fire Department said, firefighters responded to Conex Cable, 816 E. Locust St. at 6 a.m. on April 29. Firefighters found...