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Maywood Fire Chief Praises Heroic Out-of-towner Who Saved Family in Oct. 8 House Fire

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A home on the 1800 block of South 21st Ave., on fire on Oct. 8. Enrique Baez, an Indiana resident in town visiting relatives, rescued two people from the flames, said Maywood’s fire chief. 

Enrique Baez was in Maywood visiting relatives on Sunday, Oct. 8, when he realized that a fire was burning at a home nearby, on the 1800 block of South 21st Ave.

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Early Morning Fire Breaks Out at Offices of Maywood Nonprofit on Sept. 9

Saturday, September 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature image: The Maywood headquarters of Housing Forward. | Google Earth

The nonprofit Housing Forward, which helps individuals and families experiencing housing-related crises transition to stable living conditions, is in a transition of its own after a fire broke out in the attic of its headquarters at 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood.

According to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, the fire department got notification of the blaze at around 2:54 a.m. on Saturday. The fire, he said, was primarily contained in the attic.

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Around Town: Maywood Firefighter Fred Saffold on the Village’s New Fire Engine

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Fred SaffoldSaturday, March 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Last Wednesday, Maywood Firefighter Fred Saffold explained the comparative advantages of the department’s new $450,000 fire engine, which the village purchased last year after Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh told board members that the department’s old engine was not functioning due to mechanical failure.

“Some communities spend in excess of $600,000 for an engine,” stated Bronaugh in the village’s quarterly newsletter, “but not us. This vehicle should serve us well for up to 20 years and is now one of the front-line engines being deployed at Fire Station 1.”

Saffold explained that the new engine should be more energy efficient than the one it replaced, since it’s outfitted with fuel-saving technology and LED lights.

Take a closer look at the new engine by clicking here. VFP

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Breaking: Elderly Woman Dies in Fatal Maywood Fire on 2000 Block of South 9th Ave.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A Friday night house fire in Maywood has resulted in at least one death and an injury, according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.

The fire happened on the 2000 block of South 9th Ave. on Friday, Bronaugh said. Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at around 10 p.m.

“Upon arrival, firefighters discovered, and found themselves battling, a fire in the bedroom of a single family home,” Bronaugh said. “An older gentleman was rushed to the hospital, suffering from both burns and smoke inhalation.”

Firefighters said that the man was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center. His condition is so far unknown.

Bronaugh said that, while firefighters were extinguishing the fire, the body of an unidentified elderly woman, who may have been the man’s mother, was discovered in a bedroom, where he believes the fire started.

“Although no official cause of the fire was named, foul play is not suspected in the origin of this fire,” the chief said. VFP

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Celebrate Kwanzaa with Afriware Books

Where: 1701 S 1st Ave., Maywood | When: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | What: Keynote address given by TeQuila Shabazz of BE Black Academy | There will be music, shopping and fun for the entire family! Free. Donations accepted.



Maywood Firefighters Feed Seniors for the Holidays


Senior citizens who reside within the Garden House of Maywood enjoy a meal provided by the Maywood Firefighters Union on Dec. 15. | Michael Romain/VFP

emergency-responder-dinnerSunday, December 18, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A small fleet of fire trucks and ambulances could be seen parked outside of the Garden House of Maywood, 515 S. 5th Ave., on Thursday afternoon, but the emergency vehicles weren’t there to take anyone to the hospital.

They were there to drop off loads of food and some holiday fun for the residents who live in the senior housing facility, many of whom, like 76-year-old James J. Parker, have come to anticipate the annual meal that’s sponsored by the Maywood Firefighters Union.

“They put on a great dinner every year,” Parker said. “I look forward to it. They put on one of the best dinners and I come every year. It’s great because it lets us know that they’re thinking about us. They appreciate us being in the community and we appreciate them being in the community.”

“As emergency responders, often our interaction with the seniors there aren’t under the best of circumstances and we felt this would be a great way to give back and interact in a more positive situation,” said Kevin Kehoe, the union’s president.


According to Daniel McDowell, the union vice president, the meal at the Garden House is just one of several major holiday community events that the emergency responders put on each year. They also host holiday events at the Maywood Pheonix Homes, 401 Green St., which is another senior living facility, and at Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC).

In addition, they conduct an annual toy drive in collaboration with District 89, which identifies families of students in need so that firefighters can surprise the children with gifts on Christmas Eve.

McDowell said that the union hosts fundraisers each year, such as an annual golf outing, in order to pay for the holiday events.

“This year, we weren’t able to get the gold outing off the ground,” McDowell said, adding that the inconvenience, however, couldn’t deter them from continuing the holiday cheer. “All the firemen are chipping in and we’re taking donations from our members.” 

Pictured above left: James Lewis, Hazel Haney and Augusta Murphy

Briefly: FEMA grant funds new radio equipment for firefighters


Recently, the Maywood Fire Department received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Assistance to Firefighters Grant Fund) that allowed the department to acquire new radio communications equipment.

“Being able to take advantage of this grant also meant saving money in the village’s budget,” said Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh. “The radio communications equipment is expected to be in service by in mid-December.”

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BRIEFLY: Maywood, Triton to Unveil Christmas Trees | More Mayoral Race Intrigue | The Hamptons Earn More Praise | More


Monday, November 28, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

After searching throughout the village, the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission has found a Christmas tree, a spruce, to display during the Christmas season.

The tree, donated by Maywood resident Lawrence Sparks, will be the centerpiece of a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles.

The ceremony will feature numerous special guests, including Pastor Elliot Wimbush of First Congregational Church of Maywood, who will lead participants in carols; storytelling by Kim Davidson; face painting; the Proviso East drama team and band; the Second Baptist children’s choir; and more.

Triton kicks off Festival of Trees

Triton College is seeking people to sponsor Christmas trees on behalf of municipalities, business, organizations and individuals for its annual Holiday Festival of Trees on Dec. 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on the Triton College Mounds, located on the west side of the campus, 2000 S. 5th Ave., River Grove.

Interested sponsors can decorate their trees from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. On Dec. 2, participants will be treated to hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music and a photo booth during the event. They’ll also be able to take in a free holiday show at the Cernan Center.

Take a photo of your tree and share it with the college using the hashtag #DeckTheMounds.

Each lighted tree is $150, with proceeds to benefit the student scholarships through the Triton College Foundation. For more information call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3165/3172 or click here.

Mother Hampton receives posthumous resolution from Springfield


Iberia Hampton, middle, and her son Bill, left, cut a ribbon before the opening of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center. | File

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House Resolution earlier this month honoring the life of Iberia Hampton, the mother of famed civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

Mother Hampton died on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. In October, the Cook County Board of Commissioners presented its own resolution honoring Hampton’s life during a regular board meeting.

Hampton’s son, Maywood Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton, received an honor of his own by the Maywood Police Department during a board meeting in October.

Hampton, along with the late Mayor Joe Freelon, who served as Maywood’s first African American mayor for four terms throughout the 1980s and 1990s, was honored as the department’s Citizen of the Year.

The department award lauded Hampton for his efforts in continuing “progressive and unique programs” and in the development of “new and innovative projects” for Maywood.

To read the full House Resolution, click here.

Mayor’s race getting more crowded

With just weeks to go before candidates are required to turn in petitions in order to get on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election, more names are popping up as possible candidates for Maywood mayor.

Sitting Mayor Edwenna Perkins, former mayor and sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough, sitting trustee Antonette Dorris and liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry have all announced their intentions to run for the mayor’s seat in April.

Three more potential candidates — attorney Luther Spence, activist Quincy Johnson and community leader Billy Fowlkes — have been named as possible contenders, although they have yet to formally announce.

First Congregational Church seeking new occupants

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Maywood Fine Arts dancers rehearsing inside of First Congregational Church earlier this year. | Spooner Bauman

Maywood’s First Congregational Church, 400 N. 5th Ave., is seeking new occupants to share its space with. For the past five years, the church shared space with Maywood Fine Arts, which has since moved into a new dance studio down the street.

“There are many hours in the week when church activities are not taking place and our simple, but spacious home may work for someone,” church officials noted.

“We are open to ideas and can be fair and flexible with terms.  We are seeking to be good stewards of our church home and not waste any of our assets.”

For more information, call (708) 3344-6150.

Maywood fire chief appeals to residents to obtain working fire, carbon monoxide alarms

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Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh released a statement on the appropriate methods for staying safe during the winter season.

“Because the cold season is approaching, we will soon find ourselves having to both initiate and maintain efforts to keep warm in our homes,” he wrote.

“Sometimes accidents do happen. Because of this possibility, as Fire Chief of Maywood, I am making a personal appeal to every Maywood Village Resident to ensure that you do indeed have present and operating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your place of residence.

“The devices are not expensive and can be found at local neighborhood stores. The presence and proper operations of both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can notify and protect residents from the devastation resulting from fire and carbon monoxide.

“Thank you, be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday season!” VFP

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Maywood Officials: Speeding Drivers Behind Recent Spate of Car Crashes

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An accident involving two trucks on the Eisenhower earlier this year. | File

Friday, September 23, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

One woman was seriously injured Thursday night when her car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of 1st Ave. and Harrison St., Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said.

“Someone got off of the expressway, blew through a traffic signal and plowed into her car,” the chief noted. “The woman was thrown from the vehicle.”

The woman was reportedly rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, but her condition is currently unknown.

The accident, which happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sept. 22, the chief said, is just the latest in a string of serious car crashes that have happened over the summer in Maywood.

“Our crashes have gotten way up there this summer,” Bronaugh noted. “In August, we were responding to serious accidents around once a day. These weren’t just minor fender-benders, either.”

Bronaugh and Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley both attributed the prevalence of crashes in the village this summer to drivers not following traffic signals and speeding.

“This is my subjective opinion, but I think drivers are not obeying the speed limits,” Bronaugh said. “These accidents are, I believe, probably attributed to that.”

Data on traffic accidents in the village over the summer months wasn’t immediately available, but Talley said that his department’s observations seem to bear out Bronaugh’s belief.

“I think the fire chief is accurate,” Talley said. “People aren’t being mindful of their speed.”

Talley said officers have placed a mobile speed detection device at 9th Ave. and St. Charles Rd., near Proviso East High School, at 5th Ave. and Oak St. in front of the police station, 16th and Washington, 1st Ave. and Harrison and 1st Ave. and Bataan Dr.

The device detected speeds ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limits at each intersection, Talley said.

“Once we saw how much people were speeding, we did a detail,” the chief said. “We participated in Illinois Speed Awareness Day and have conducted speed enforcement activities. We’re constantly encouraging people to look at the speed limit. Now that kids are back, people really need to be mindful. At any moment, a kid could dart across the roadway.”

Talley said the department has deployed three squad cars with moving radars that capture the speed of passing vehicles.

He also noted that police plan on being particularly vigilant on the upcoming Veterans Day and Halloween holidays, when they’ll deploy specialized details to address speeding drivers, seat belt violations and drivers who may be under the influence. VFP

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