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Firefighters from the DeKalb Fire Department take out tools from their fire engines with the sign “#ProudlyDeKalb” displayed on the engine’s ladder. A fourth fire station is expected for the City of DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

DeKalb makes way for 4th fire station

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | September 12, 2023

DeKALB – The building of a fourth fire station in DeKalb is in motion with plans to potentially break ground by spring 2024. Collaborations between the DeKalb City Council and the DeKalb Fire Department have gone into the timely approval of a fourth...

DeKalb firefighters reeling in the hose for their fire truck. A house fire broke out Sunday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Fire breaks out at residential home, no residents hurt

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 24, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece was updated at 1:33pm to include information about the death of the two dogs. DeKALB – A house fire broke out Sunday, at 1119 South Fourth St, leaving two dogs dead and injuring four firefighters. The source of the...

Second ward Alderwoman Barb Larson (left) and Fourth Ward Alderman Greg Perkins shake the hands of local Vietnam veterans during the City Council meeting Monday at the DeKalb Public Library. The veterans were honored in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Wednesday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Vietnam veterans honored at city council

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – Local Vietnam veterans were honored at the Monday DeKalb City Council meeting, commemorating National Vietnam War Veterans Day on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. troops left Vietnam, March 29. Veterans from the DeKalb American Legion,...

DeKalb Fire Department celebrates 150th anniversary

By Najla Edwards | October 17, 2019

DeKALB — Saturday, DeKalb Firefighters celebrated 150 years of serving the city.The five hour event was held in the Barsema Alumni Center from 5 to 10 p.m. Firefighters, friends and family gathered to commemorate past and current firefighters.Attendees...

Fire Department reinstates Red Wreath Program

By Northern Star Staff | November 29, 2018

DeKALB — On Thanksgiving, wreaths were placed at the DeKalb fire stations and will remain on display through Jan. 1, 2019.The DeKalb Fire Station is operating the program and delivered a news release to explain what the program is and the motive behind...

Fire Truck is parked in the garage at the first DeKalb Fire House, 700 Pine St. 

City Council looks to staffing solutions

By Jessie Kern | June 25, 2018

DEKALB - The current topic of conversation among DeKalb City Council members encompasses the measures being taken to pilot the city manager search and recruitment process.During the June 18 Special Committee of the Whole meeting, City Council members...

City introduces artistic program

City introduces artistic program

By Northern Star Staff | May 7, 2018

DeKalb seeks applicants for Paint-a-Plug Program to transform fire hydrants into creative pieces of artwork.

CPR classes open to public

By Northern Star Staff | April 23, 2018

DeKALB — The DeKalb Fire Department is hosting three CPR certification classes.The four-hour, hands-on experience costs $35. Classes will be held 5 - 9 p.m. with three classes scheduled to occur May 24, July 26 and Nov. 8. The location of the event...

City officials OK patrol radios

By Jessie Kern | April 5, 2018

The DeKalb City Council unanimously approved the proposal for the police department and fire department to purchase $171,000 in public safety radios.The City Council held a Special City Council Meeting Wednesday to discuss the purchase of these public...

Resident hospitalized after apartment fire

By Northern Star staff | November 30, 2017

DeKALB — A resident was injured and a cat died when an apartment fire broke out on Ninth Street Sunday.It took 15 minutes for the DeKalb, Sycamore and Cortland Fire Departments to control the situation at 116 N. Ninth St., but the fire created $100,000...

DeKalb Fire Captain Todd Stoffa is sworn into duty during a city council meeting 6 p.m. Monday. Stoffa has been a firefighter for 18 years.

New fire captain sworn in

By Sam Malone | October 27, 2016

DeKalb Fire Captain Todd Stoffa is sworn into duty during a city council meeting 6 p.m. Monday. Stoffa has been a firefighter for 18 years.