Fire Department To Complete Disaster Drill In Englewood

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 24-hour Chicago Fire Department disaster drill in Englewood was set to wrap up about midday on Wednesday.

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports it has been the biggest drill the department has done in years.

Disaster Drill In Englewood

It was a tornado that figuratively hit the area around 57th Street and Stewart Avenue.

About 120 people were hurt, figuratively.

One of them was Marcia Trawinski, who played a blind senior citizen with a lacerated thumb.

In reality, her thumb is fine, though she really is blind and a senior.

“So I was able to bring much more reality to the character and to the whole experience,” she said. “They did pretty well. I’m giving them a B plus.”

Asked what firefighters could have done better, Trawinski said, “Because I had one sore hand and I was holding them, then I couldn’t use my cane. They finally realized if they held me, I could use my cane. … One guy kept saying, ‘She’s really blind.’ I don’t know of any unreal blind.”

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