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Homeowners should practice escape plans and check smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week.

American Red Cross: Practice an escape plan for Fire Prevention Week

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 13, 2022

DeKALB — The American Red Cross is urging citizens to participate in this year's Fire Prevention Week, which takes place from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, by practicing a two-minute home fire escape plan. The threat of home fires rises with colder temperatures....

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 rushes to help after tornado

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 20, 2015

The tornado relief and cleanup effort demonstrated by the people of DeKalb has been nothing short of amazing.NIU sent public safety personnel to areas that were hit the hardest by the April 9 tornado that killed two and injured 22 in DeKalb and Ogle counties...

DeKalb police help tornado victims

By Deanna Frances | November 27, 2013

On Nov. 26, employees and volunteers of the DeKalb and Sycamore Police Departments visited the towns of East Peoria and Washington, Ill., where tornadoes destroyed more than 1,000 homes and left one dead and many injured Nov. 17.The tornado disaster relief...

Silent auction to aid non-profits

By Erin Kolb | November 13, 2013

Kishwaukee United Way’s Taste of the Vine will have 10,000 more sponsors today than it did last year.Kishwaukee United Way will host its 12th annual Taste of the Vine event today to raise money for more than 20 local non-profit organizations. The event...

Firefighters team up with local tavern for annual chili cook off

By Northern Star Staff | November 19, 2012

DeKalb firefighters and Sullivan’s Tavern are hosting their second annual chili cook off this month. The cook-off will take place at Sullivan’s Tavern, 722 E. Lincoln Highway, at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 25th. Entering the contest costs $25 and contestants...

DeKalb firefighters to host chilli cook-off

By Faith Healy | November 18, 2011

Instead of putting out fires, the Dekalb Firefighters Local 1236 will be turning up the heat at its Chilli Cook-off this Sunday. The cook-off will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m Sunday at Sullivan’s Tavern, 722 E. Lincoln Highway. The money raised...

NIU students volunteer for Red Cross

By Thomas Verschelde | September 13, 2011

The American Red Cross in DeKalb has been busy responding to local and national disasters over the summer. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that helps people through four core services: disaster relief, armed forces and veteran services,...

Firefighters battle an electrical fire at 414 Prospect St. in DeKalb Tuesday morning.

Fire results in estimated $20K of damages

By Shaun Zinck | April 19, 2011

DeKALB | The DeKalb Fire Department is investigating an electrical fire that occurred Tuesday morning just one block from city hall. Police received a call at 10:31 a.m. on Tuesday about an electrical meter on fire at a house located at 414 Prospect St.,...

Red Cross chairwoman wins this year’s ATHENA Award

By Candice Beasley | November 4, 2010

The 2010 ATHENA Award went to Sharon Rhoades Thursday night. Rhoades is chairwoman of the DeKalb County Red Cross and a mother of two daughters. The 21st annual ATHENA Award Ceremony was held to honor local women who were nominated for their inspiration,...

DeKalb County Red Cross helps displaced residents

By Demarcus Robinson | October 31, 2010

Students who were displaced from a building at 916 Greenbrier Road Wednesday night, after the roof was blown off in high winds, received help from the DeKalb County Red Cross and NIU. "We provided comfort care kits [for building residents]," said Rona...