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Moorman Lake, Jeff Dorsey
Moorman Lake, Jeff Dorsey

Quincy’s Polar Plunge Was a Huge Success!

If you were there early Saturday at the 10th Annual Polar Plunge at Moorman Lake in Quincy you know how thick the ice was and how hard the Quincy Fire Department worked to open the water at the beach area.

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Plungers, Jeff Seefeldt
Plungers, Jeff Seefeldt

Still Time To Sign Up for Saturday’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will be held this Saturday at Moorman Lake in Upper Moorman Park in Quincy.  There is still time to sign up to "plunge" by going to www.plungeillinois.com. If you raise $75 or more you will also receive a nice hooded sweatshirt for helping Special Olympics Illinois.  

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

QFD to Hold a Christmas Tree Fire Demonstration at Home Depot

The Quincy Fire Department along with Home Depot will be holding a demonstration this Saturday at 12 noon of the possible dangers of a Christmas tree fire.  

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Fire Truck - Quincy, Illinois
Kurt Parsons

Top Ten Tips to Prevent a House Fire From the Quincy Fire Department

With the onset of winter staring us in the face it is time to remind you of some safety precautions you can take to make your wintertime a safe time. The following tips from the Quincy Fire Department are recommended:

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Keep the wreaths red!
Kurt Parsons

The Quincy Fire Department Red Wreaths Need to Remain Red

The Quincy Fire Department has placed wreaths with red lights on them at all of their firehouses around the city of Quincy. The idea is to have nothing but red lights on the wreath which would mean a fire free Christmas season for homes in the city. Any home fires that occur would cause the Fire Department to change one of the red bulbs to a white bulb. So the goal is to keep the wreaths red and not white.

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QFD Awards Eight Fire Escape Ladders

The Quincy Fire Department has announced the names of the 8 winners of fire escape ladders given away by the Fire Department.  The winners names were drawn from all the registrants from the Fire Prevention Week Kickoff event at the Quincy Mall held on October 19th.

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James Pioch, Jeff Dorsey
James Pioch, Jeff Dorsey

QFD Assistant Chief James Pioch is the Firefighter of the Year

The Fifth Annual Quincy Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year Award presentation took place today with October being National Fire Awareness Month.  This year’s winner was Assistant Fire Chief James Pioch of the Quincy Fire Department, an 18 year veteran of the Department.

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Getty Images
Getty Images

This is How the Teddy Bear Clinic Got Started

Twenty-five years ago I took my 6-year-old daughter to the Peoria Zoo and as chance would have it one of the Peoria hospitals was holding a stuffed animal day at the Zoo. Little did I know 25 years later, the idea that I brought back to Quincy would still be flourishing. I came back to Quincy thinking that this needs to happen in our town, too.  We didn't have a zoo in Quincy but we did have the Animal Park at the Illinois Veteran’s Home.  Armed with ideas during my drive back to Quincy, I went to work to make sure this took place in our town.  I contacted Blessing Hospital and they set me up with a meeting with the right people and “The Teddy Bear Clinic” was born.

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Fire Truck - Quincy, Illinois
Kurt Parsons

Quincy Fire Department to Host Fire Prevention Week Kick Off at the Quincy Mall

The Quincy Fire Department will be hosting their third Annual Fire Prevention Week Kick-Off this Saturday in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. The event will be held at the Quincy Mall parking lot near Bergners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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Firefighters Shirt, Jeff Dorsey
Firefighters Shirt, Jeff Dorsey

Firefighters Selling T-Shirts For Blessing Cancer Center

The Quincy Fire Department is again selling commemorative t-shirts to raise funds for the Blessing Cancer Center's Financial Assistance Program. This year the shirts are pink in color and the design features a full back logo with the breast cancer ribbon, dressed as a firefighter, opening a fire hydrant.

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