First Responders

Art Noonan, a retired Chicago firefighter,  spent five days at Ground Zero, which he believes contributed to his leukemia diagnosis. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Sen. Kirk Pushes For Funds To Help Ground Zero Workers Pay Medical Bills

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is giving some bipartisan support to renew money for a bill many of his colleagues were reluctant to endorse the first time around: helping pay medical bills of those who worked at Ground Zero.


Hobart first responders in a training session to prepare to handle Ebola. (Credit: CBS)

Hobart Training First Responders To Handle Ebola

Before patients make it to an emergency room they may have contact with a first responder. So how are they preparing?


Two Planes Crash into World Trade Center

Retired Firefighter: 9/11 Is Our Generation’s Day Of Infamy

First responders in Palatine marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday with a ceremony at the town’s firefighters’ memorial.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012


Training Program Educates First Responders On People With Autism

Illinois firefighters and paramedics may soon know how to better help autistic people during emergencies.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Smoke rises from the scene of a train derailment and fire near Westville, Ind. Friday afternoon. (CBS)

Did Red Cross Food Make Responders Sick At Train Wreck Site?

The health department in Porter County, Ind., is investigating whether food provided by the Red Cross at a train collision scene made first responders sick.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

Sculptor Erik Blome has created a sculpture honoroing the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, using four steel beams from the World Trade Center. The sculpture will be dedicated in Oak Lawn on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Credit: CBS)

Oak Lawn To Dedicate 9/11 Sculpture With Beams From WTC

Among the many memorials planned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one in particular will bring actual pieces of the World Trade Center to Oak Lawn, permanently.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

White: Emergency Contact Database Is Vital

Secretary of State Jesse White says he would like to see more Illinoisans put their names and contact information into the state’s Emergency Contact Database.

WBBM Newsradio–01/19/2011

World Trade Center Beams

9-11 Beams Headed For Oak Lawn

Beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be incorporated into a monument southwest suburban Oak Lawn plans to erect to honor the first responders to the 9-11 attacks on the New York skyscrapers.