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    Chicago Firefighter Killed after Fire Truck Collides With School Bus

    Four People Transported To Hospitals


    Updated: 03-23-2007 02:09:50 PM


    Story by nbc5.com


    CHICAGO-- Fire Commissioner Raymond Orosco announced Friday morning the death of a 20-year veteran Chicago firefighter in an early-morning collision.

    Several people were transported to hospitals with serious injuries stemming from a collision of a fire truck and a school bus in the South Side???s Englewood neighborhood.

    Orosco said firefighter William Grant, 44, was killed in the crash. He described Grant as a loving husband, father and friend.

    Three Chicago firefighters and a bus driver were also injured in this morning's accident, which happened shortly after the bus had dropped off children at school.

    One of the injured persons was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Another was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. Their conditions were unknown.

    A fire truck was "knocked on its side" near the intersection of 59th Street and Princeton Avenue, according to an Englewood District police lieutenant.

    Sky5 reported that the fire truck collided with a school bus.

    The school bus had no students on board, according to Chicago Public School spokesman Mike Vaughn.

    "It had just finished a route for us, but there were no students on board," Vaughn said. The accident occurred between 8 and 8:15 a.m., he said. The bus driver was hurt, but not seriously, Vaughn said.

    Police closed down 59th Street from Princeton Avenue to Wells Street, according to an Englewood District police officer.

    "We've got the whole four corners of the intersection closed up," the officer said.

    Up to seven ambulances were called to the scene near 59th Street and Princeton Avenue.

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    God Bless And Rest In Peace

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    LODD Firefighter William Grant

    Funeral Information
    Visitation will be March 26 and 27 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lake-Lamb Funeral Home at 4727 W. 103rd St, Chicago.

    The mass will be held at Christ the King Church at 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago on March 28 at 10:30 a.m. with burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 6000 W. 11th St. in Alsip.




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    Hundreds Remember Fallen Chicago Firefighter

    Hundreds Remember Fallen Chicago Firefighter


    Updated: 03-30-2007 10:07:16 AM



    Story by nbc5.com


    Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye Wednesday to a fallen Chicago firefighter who died after the firetruck he was riding in, crashed with a school bus.

    On Thursday, NBC 5 talked to William Grant's comrade who survived.

    The sting of the loss is still very fresh for Jim Bigoness, who asked not to talk about the accident itself. He had plenty to say, though, about his dear friend and the huge response from the city.

    Bigoness survived Friday's crash but still wears the scars of that horrible morning

    "The hand's crushed," he said. "Fingers broke. I think there's 100 stitches, but this is nothing compared to the life lost."

    Bigoness said Grant was gifted in building things -- like the fire station's admired meeting table, and said Grant visualized a way to break up two rooms in Bigoness' house.

    The men were part of an honored firefighting team -- one that as recently as November was awarded for their work.

    Two other men were also aboard Truck 51 Friday morning -- Jerry Cambria, who broke his leg in the accident, and terry McSwain.

    Bigoness said the family of firefighters have a special bond, and that's helped them to be there for Grant's family.

    He adds that Grant's brother and wife made him feel like their own as well: "He was crying. I was crying. Sharon (even) sent me a plant! I should be sending them a plant. The Grant family is the classiest family I ever met in my life."

    Grant was honored in an emotional ceremony, and Bigoness said it's the way the fire department handled it that's keeping him from unraveling.

    "If it wasn't for what they did, we would have been a mess," he said.

    And it's what has given him the strength to return to a job he still loves.

    "Sure I'm going to be scared (about going back to work), but that's life," Bigoness said. "I can't stop."

    Bigoness will need six to eight weeks to recover from his injuries.

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