[cifnmedia] Neighbors pleased

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 13:13:04 -0800 (PST)

Pilsen Residents Reward Firefighters 
Neighbors Provide Coffee And Doughnuts 

POSTED: 6:28 p.m. CST November 14, 2003
UPDATED: 7:59 a.m. CST November 15, 2003

Story by nbc5.com 

CHICAGO -- Pilsen residents (pictured) thanked the Chicago firefighters who 
saved their neighborhood early Friday morning in a most tasteful way. 

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They provided coffee and doughnuts to the firefighters, who doused an inferno 
that engulfed two warehouses in the Pilsen neighborhood, reported NBC5's Sharon 
Wright. The fire appears to have been caused by a burning car between two 

"The men get worn down," said deputy fire commissioner Salvador Marquez. 
"They're soaking wet and cold, but they continue and little coffee goes a long 
way to give us a little boost." 

The fire could have also claimed several houses surrounding the warehouses, a 
fact that was in the front of the residents' minds. 


"If it wasn't for them putting out the fire," said Brittany Aparacio (pictured, 
right), "our house could have been burned down." 

The firefighters fought a blaze that reached temperatures in the thousands of 
degrees, another fact residents appreciated. 

"They're very brave, you know," said Melva Aparacio. "This is a very dangerous 
job for them." 

The firefighters also got help battling the blaze from fire academy cadets, 
which might inspire some young residents to follow them, Wright further 

"If you're brave enough you could do it to save people," said one neighborhood 

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Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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