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A Sycamore fire engine rests part-way out of the garage as one of the holiday wreaths hangs above at a Sycamore fire station. (Courtesy of Sycamore Fire Department)

Sycamore Fire brings back holiday ‘Red Wreath Program’

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – The Sycamore Fire Department will have their annual firehouse tradition of the Red Wreath Program from Nov. 24 - Jan. 3. During this time, both fire stations one and two will display a wreath on the front of their buildings. Station one is...

Sycamore Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant

Sycamore Fire Department awarded federal grant for replacement of equipment

By Nyah Nowakowski, News Reporter | August 31, 2022

SYCAMORE- The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program awarded the Sycamore Fire Department a federal grant in the amount of $235,598.17 on Aug. 26.  The grant will be used to replace the department's four ambulance...

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...

Sycamore house fire kills resident

By Northern Star staff | October 31, 2016

SYCAMORE | Jeffery Conery, 47, of Sycamore, died in a house fire at 1847 S. Somonauk St., which the Sycamore Fire Department responded to at 4:43 a.m. Sunday.No other occupants were in the building at the time of the fire.The cause and origin of fire remains...

1923 Sycamore fire truck gets revamp with grant

By Kristin Maglabe | November 19, 2014

A $2,500 grant has made it possible for restoration to begin on the Sycamore Fire Department’s first motorized fire engine, a 1923 Stutz.The DeKalb County Community Foundation presented the grant to the Sycamore Fire Preservation Company Monday. Although...

Fire causes $10K in smoke damage

By Northern Star Staff | October 1, 2014

A Monday fire caused $10,000 in smoke damage in a residence in the 400 block of East High Street.The Sycamore Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 12:23 p.m. and encountered a burning dehumidifier unit in the house’s basement, according to...

Fire Prevention Week starts Oct. 5

By Northern Star Staff | September 22, 2014

Firefighters will visit grade schools and other community spots to teach fire safety and prevention Oct. 5-11 for Fire Prevention Week.This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is smoke alarms. Firefighters will discuss the importance of having functional...

Fire Department to host 9/11 service

By Northern Star Staff | September 3, 2014

The Sycamore Fire Department will host a 9/11 memorial service starting 8 a.m. Sept. 11 at Johnson’s Junction, across the street from Sycamore Fire Station one, 535 DeKalb Ave.Fire Department Chaplain Drew Whitfield will lead a short prayer service...

Sycamore to get new fire engine

By Northern Star Staff | July 27, 2014

The Sycamore Fire Department will use a $384,750 grant to buy a fire engine.The fire engine will become a front line engine, and the current front line engine will replace an engine that is more than 35 years old, according to a news release from Sycamore.The...

This 1926 photo shows the Sycamore Fire Department’s first motorized fire engine. A local group is raising $25,000 to restore the vehicle.

Restoration project honors Fire Department’s history

By Keisha Howerth | May 1, 2014

The Sycamore Fire Preservation Company is in final talks to display the city’s first motorized fire engine in a local car show at the end of July.The nonprofit organization began a campaign to raise $25,000 to restore a 1923 Stutz fire truck two weeks...

No injuries reported in Sycamore fire

By Northern Star Staff | February 17, 2013

A fire at 339 Chauncey St. in Sycamore on Saturday night caused about $200,000 in damage, according to a Sunday news release from the Sycamore Fire Department. The department arrived on scene at 11:58 p.m. and had the fire under control within 45 minutes,...

Firefighters wear blue, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Northern Star Staff | October 22, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show their support, the entire Sycamore Fire Department will be wearing special T-shirts. They are blue with the traditional pink ribbon with pink lettering that says Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation entwined...