OFPD recognizes citizen graduates of district’s emergency response training

OFPD recognizes citizen graduates of district’s emergency response training
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OFPD recognizes citizen graduates of district’s emergency response training

(Public News Release) — The Orland Fire Protection District offers emergency training classes to residents to help them prepare for potential emergencies. The classes are led by OFPD Lt. William Leddin and graduates receive a certificate for competing the classes in Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT).

On Tuesday evening January 24th, 2017, the Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees

recognized eight participants for their successful completion of the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.

The CERT Program is a national program that runs through FEMA that educates individuals about disaster response skills, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

The class was held on eight scheduled consecutive Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Orland Fire Administration building, 9790 West 151st Street, Orland Park, IL 60462. The class is limited to residents of the Orland Fire Protection District and the minimum age to participate is 18.

For more information on the class and to sign up, please contact Lieutenant Bill Leddin at w.leddin@orlandfire.org.

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CERT training classes are offered regularly and open to the public. The classes are publicized on the OFPD Website at www.OrlandFire.org.

Photos from Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) board meeting recognition of community CERT graduates attached to email courtesy of Stephen Neuhaus. Permission granted to republish and distribute.


Pictured (from left) Lieutenant William Leddin, Louise Schmidt, Jean Egan, Kevin Purcell, Mary Ramirez, Kathleen McElligott, Adele Marshall, Chief Michael Schofield. Also recognized but not pictured Rosemary Ihle and Sheila Dragovich.

Lt. Leddin (right) distributes backpacks to CERT students. The backpacks contain items needed to render first aid during an emergency situation.

Kathleen McElligott receives her first aid backpack at Tuesday’s meeting.

Pictured are Lt. William Leddin with Diana Husband, Secretary, of Senior Advisory Council showing some first aid items that were presented to CERT students.

The program was also live-streamed on Facebook. Permission granted to republish the video and/or link. Click here(NOTE: Illinois News Network is a community based information service and not an official news media.)

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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