Dedication of Fire Truck to MVCC

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The Orland Fire Protection District was proud and honored to donate a recently retired fire engine in memory of fallen Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano. The dedication ceremony was held at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills on May 19, 2016.

The fire engine was named and dedicated in honor of the late Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano, who died December 14, 2015 in the line of duty. Firefighter Capuano’s company was dispatched to a fire in a vacant warehouse and while searching through heavy smoke, the 15-year veteran with Chicago, and a part-time firefighter in Evergreen Park for more than 16 years, fell down an elevator shaft.

Chief Schofield worked with Cook County Board Commissioner Sean Morrison (R-17th) to explore possible reuse opportunities that led to the arrangement with MVCC for their Fire Science Academy. The MVCC Fire Science Academy is designed for students who wish to become eligible for initial fire department hiring lists, and the truck will be used to further the MVCC Fire Science Academy’s ability to provide the very best training to prepare students entering the fire department field.

The dedication ceremony took place outside of the college campus where local area firefighters, fire academy students and many others attended to show their support to the Capuano family. Featured speakers were: Commissioner Morrison, Chief Michael Schofield of Orland Fire Protection District; Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, President of Moraine Valley Community College; Joseph P. Murphy, Moraine Valley Board Chairman, the Moraine Board of Trustees, and Daniel Capuano’s family.