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Fire station sees overhaul

By Ryan Chodora | September 19, 2013

Fire Station Two, 1154 S. Seventh St., is getting its first renovation since its construction in 1957.Station Two is equipped with one bathroom and four sleeping quarters divided by curtains. The station was intended to house two personnel. It is 260...

Local firefighters raising money to help veteran

By Ryan Chodora | August 27, 2013

Four thousand T-shirts or $30,000 in donations — whichever comes first — will supply a wounded veteran a vehicle.On Aug. 19, DeKalb Firefighters Union, Local 1236, began selling custom T-shirts for $15 and taking donations for the Associated Firefighters...

DeKalb’s Fire Department offers summer safety advice

By Ali Combs | May 5, 2013

Most summertime health and safety hazards are caused by the heat and sunshine, but there are ways to stay safe, said Fire Chief Eric Hicks. “The biggest issues we see in the summer are the heat-related illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke...,”...

No injuries in apartment fire

By Joe Palmer | February 11, 2013

No one was hurt in a fire reported at 10:37 a.m. today at 921 Normal Road. Fire Chief Eric Hicks said the DeKalb Fire Department responded to the call with its full complement of service vehicles and had assistance from Sycamore, Cortland and Malta fire...

DeKalb Firefighters Historical Foundation to host pancake breakfast

By Samantha Brockett | October 3, 2012

The DeKalb Firefighters Historical Foundation is hosting a pancake breakfast and open house Sunday. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at DeKalb Fire Station No. 1, 700 Pine St. “The DeKalb Firefighters Foundation is a new nonprofit organization...

Fire Dep. memorial honors those lost on Sept. 11

By Samantha Brockett | September 12, 2012

The DeKalb Fire Department Station 1 held a brief memorial event at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event was held in front of the fire department, their half-staffed American flag nearby. It lasted 15 minutes...

Duties of dealing with the dead: DeKalb county coroner up for reelection, unopposed since 1984

By Linze Griebenow | November 3, 2011

Dealing with dead bodies is not typically part of the job description in most occupations. However, DeKalb County coroner Dennis Miller has been dealing with them for the last 32 years. Deaths in Dekalb County that are sudden with an unknown cause, violent...

NIU Building Services workers clean up the Lincoln Hall A-wing first floor after the sprinkler system activated in 2011. Interim Fire Chief Eric Hicks has proposed sprinkler systems be installed in local Greek residences.

Lincoln Hall open after building evacuation

By Northern Star staff | February 11, 2011

DeKALB | Lincoln Hall residents returned to their dorm after a sprinkler activation in one of the study rooms triggered the building's fire alarm. "I was sleeping. I actually thought it was my alarm clock," said Mary Slowik, senior sociology major and...

Members of the DeKalb Fire Department and NIU Police participate in an Emergency Response Drill Thursday evening as members of Phi Kappa Theta and Alpha Phi participate as student actors for the event.

Annual mock DUI staged

By Alex Fiore | October 14, 2010

NIU and DeKalb Police Departments provided students with an all-too-realistic reminder of why drinking and driving is a poor decision Thursday evening in front of the Convocation Center. NIU staged its annual mock DUI, which is a homecoming tradition...