Thursday, June 21, 2012
The second annual fundraiser to honor the fallen Chicago firefighter was held Wednesday at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont.
More than 200 golfers and volunteers turned out to honor fallen Chicago firefighter Christopher Wheatley during a memorial golf outing Wednesday. The FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley Memorial Foundation held its second annual fundraiser at Cog Hill Golf Club, 12294 Archer Ave. The event featured 18 holes of golf, an informal dinner, raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships in Wheatley's honor. "We're very happy with the turnout, and grateful that all of these people continue to support the foundation," said Mary Wheatley, Christopher's mom. The Lemont Firemen's Association was on hand Wednesday with its antique fire engine, the 1938 Peter Pirsch Pumper. The Schaumburg-based Remembrance Rescue Project …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The U.S. Army veteran and former Chicago firefighter died Oct. 20 at age 86. Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Plymouth, IN, and Thursday, Oct. 27, in Lemont, IL.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The following obituary was submitted to Patch: Frank Leslie Doll, 86, of Bourbon, IN, and once long time active member of Lemont Township and the Lemont Fire Department, American Legion and VFW passed away at home at 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Frank was born in Oak Park, IL, on Aug. 24, 1925. He was the son of Leslie F. Doll and Josephine Newberg Doll. He graduated from Austin High School in 1943 and Wright Jr. College in IL. He served honorably in the US Army from 1943 to 1946 as a Tech Sergeant, T-5 with the 1346th Combat Engineers in Europe and Okinawa during WWII. On November 19, 1944, in Franklin, LA., Frank was married to Mary Ann Grajkowski (who was from Chicago, IL). They lived in Chicago for years after which they …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Federal investigation into fatal fall of Lemont native calls for updated policies, rigorous training.
A federal report released this month calls on the Chicago Fire Department to review its training and firefighting policies following the fatal fall of firefighter/paramedic Christopher Wheatley last year. Wheatley, a Lemont native, was carrying heavy equipment up a fire escape during a West Loop blaze Aug. 9 when he fell 53 feet to his death. He was 31 years old. Following his death, an investigation was conducted by the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, which is part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The final report, which was published June 2 on the NIOSH website, analyzed the decisions made by Wheatley and other fire personnel and made several recommendations for improving safety. …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Lemont native died in August 2010 after falling several stories while fighting a Chicago restaurant blaze.
Christopher Wheatley may have been a simple man, but he was anything but ordinary. He loved his family, friends and girlfriend, Jessica. He was an avid sports fan — particularly of the Chicago Bears — and enjoyed traveling whenever he had the chance. Growing up in Lemont, he volunteered at St. Alphonsus Parish and played football at Lemont High School. He was busy, but always smiling and enjoying life, family members said. In 2000 he became a paramedic, a role his family said brought him great pride. In 2008 he fulfilled his dream of becoming a Chicago firefighter, and soon became known by his colleagues for his passion and dedication. On Aug. 9, 2010, Wheatley, 31, died tragically after falling 53 feet from a ladder while fighting a …
A new boat commissioned by the Chicago Fire Department honors firefighter Christopher Wheatley, a Lemont native who died battling a restaurant fire last year.
More than 100 people gathered just east of Soldier Field on Thursday as the Chicago Fire Department christened its new fire boat, which is named after fallen firefighter Christopher Wheatley. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was on hand for the ceremony, joining Wheatley's friends and family and a large contingent from the Chicago Fire Department. Commissioners decided to name the $8.5 million vessel "The Christopher Wheatley" to commemorate the 31-year-old firefighter/paramedic, who died last August fighting a restaurant fire in the West Loop. Wheatley, a Lemont native, was carrying equipment up a fire escape when he fell 53 feet to his death. Though he has received a number of honors over the past nine months, the boat is the most …
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Annual "Hometown Heroes" tribute dedicated to Lemont native Chris Wheatley.
Lemont High School kicked off the 2010 football season with its annual Hometown Heroes Night on Aug. 27. Mission Possible, a student-led organization, hosted the game and honored police, firefighters, paramedics and other rescue teams of Lemont before the first varsity home game of the year. A special memorial was held in honor of fallen Chicago firefighter Chris Wheatley, who died battling a fire in the West Loop on Aug. 9. Wheatley was a Lemont High School graduate (Class of 1997) and was a member of the school's football team. Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churulo, who worked with Wheatley during his time with the Romeoville Fire Department, expressed his gratitude to Lemont High School for deciding to honoring Wheatley and his family during …