The Men and Women of Chicago Fire Department

I have to say that the Chicago Fire Department is one of the best departments I know of. Being a former firefighter myself and currently an occasional professional photographer, any time I hear sirens my heart starts to beat just a bit faster.  I miss the days of working the engine or the truck and the few fires I did work in my short time with the Bolingbrook Fire Department will always leave me with a profound respect for my brothers and sisters in the service.

My days working on a private ambulance on the streets of Chicago gave me the opportunity to work along side many members of the Chicago Fire Department.  Whether it was swapping stories with paramedics in the ER or being first on scene of a traffic accident and working with CFD to stabilize and transport the injured, I will always feel a bit closer to this department than many others.  I also count several of these men and women as friends and former partners from when we all worked on the privates together.

We have seen the Chicago Fire Department portrayed in the movies and on television but I thought it appropriate to show you a few of the real men and women that work one of the most dangerous, dirtiest, hottest and most grueling jobs in the city.

It may not have made the news but on Wednesday, June 5th, workers in Danny’s Fresh Market on North Western ave. sparked a fire that became out of control.  I was across the street at the time and was fortunate to be on scene as the first engine and truck company arrived.  For the men and women of Truck 28, Truck 13, Engine 57, Engine 43, Squad 2, Ambulance 53, Battalion 12 and any other companies I might have missed – thank you!  This is just one example of the fires and other emergencies that these firefighters respond to each and everyday.  To all the men and women that wear the uniform of the Chicago Fire Department – a huge thank you for all you do.

If you would like to see more of my photography, stop by on Facebook or my website Wild Heart Images.


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    Meggan Sommerville

    Meggan Sommerville is a Christian transgender woman with a heart for educating others about the transgender community and her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her career life has taken her on a variety of adventures, from being a veterinary technician in the Western burbs of Chicago to being an EMT/Paramedic, EMS instructor, and a paid on call firefighter for Bolingbrook , Illinois. Since 1998, she has been the frame shop manager for a national craft retailer. You can contact Meggan via email at or find her on Facebook at Trans Girl at the Cross

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