The Orland Fire Protection District used a hook-and-ladder truck (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) to rescue a village employee who became sick while working on one of the village’s water towers near 147th and 88th Avenue in Orland Park.
The employee had climbed up the water tower’s internal ladder system of steps and platforms to the top when he reported that he was sick and unable to come down on his own.
The Orland Fire Protection District sent the Hook and Ladder truck to the scene and used a “tower ladder” with a basket just before 2 pm to remove the employee through an escape hatch located on the bottom of the tower “bulb.” Firefighters also set up a system to ease him down the inside ladder which consisted of several hundred steps and platforms.
Firefighters determined the tower ladder would be the safest and most efficient way to extract the individual through the escape hatch located about 75 feet above ground.
(Photos courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District)
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania writes columns for the Southwest Community Newspaper Group including the Des Plaines Valley News, the Southwest News-Herald, the Regional News and the Reporter Newspapers.