Men Get Fine, Community Services For Using Hydrant To Fill Hockey Rink

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Two men from Tinley Park who made headlines when they were caught tapping into a fire hydrant to fill their backyard skating rink are paying fines performing community service.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Tony Nelin, 21, and Timmy Ryan, 20, were ordered to pay $127.44, the cost of the estimated 26,000 gallons of water they took from the hydrant to fill their 91-foot by 43-foot backyard rink, the Chicago Tribune reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Cook County Judge Daniel Lawrence also ordered Nelin and Ryan to perform 16 hours of community service, and they suggested maybe they could use the rink for the purpose. Lawrence suggested that the men partner with the Park District to offer a skating program for local kids, the Tribune reported.

The newspaper reports when the men were cited for stealing the water, they were invited to the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship in Bloomington, Minn., where they were treated like heroes.

An earlier Tribune report said Dr. Bryan Foy of Burr Ridge had agreed to pay the fines for the two young men after reading about their plight.

Ryan, of Oak Lawn, and Nelin, of Tinley Park, built the 90-foot by 40-foot hockey rink in the back of a friend’s house. It comes complete with a penalty box.

The men told CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli in December they just wanted to skate, so they borrowed a 2-inch hose from Nelin’s uncle, a firefighter, and it up to a fire hydrant on the property of Tinley Park High School.

When a custodian spotted it, police were called, and the ticket was issued.

After they filled the rink, it ended up melting due to the unseasonably warm weather, but Nelin and Ryan planned to fill it again. Bu they said they would use a garden hose.

  • Afro

    Truthfully they didn’t steal the water the fact that they live in Chicago means they wave paid for more than their share of that water several times over. No one was hurt, no one was deprived of anything, and what they took is one of Gods natural resources and it is wrong for anyone to bottle it up to keep it from others. Bottle it up sure, use it for emergencies and fires sure, use it for a legit hokey rink, Why not? The city should have a monitoring program filling swimming pools and ice rinks free of charge.

    • Afro

      I forgot to add for white people who pay taxes.


      • Doby

        Wy does u thank dat us black peepul on wefar do not pay a tax? I wnts my swemmun pol to be ful to

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