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The Village recognized National Firefighter’s Day, May 4; National Economic Development week, May 8 – 13; National Police Week, May 14 – 20; National Public Works Week, May 22 – 27; and National EMS week May 21 – 27 at Village Board Meetings in May.
National Firefighter’s Day, May 4
International Firefighter’s Day is annually observed on May 4, in honor of five Australian firefighters who died in a brush fire. International Firefighter’s day is an internationally recognized day when firefighters who have lost their lives in service are honored.
The Lombard Fire Department serves to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of the Village of Lombard. Firefighters are focused on fire prevention, public education, advanced life support emergency medical services, and emergency disaster service. For more information please visit www.villageoflombard.org/fire.
National Economic Development week, May 8 – 13
The Village of Lombard celebrated Economic Development Week from May 8-13. Economic development is a process that influences growth and restructuring of an economy to enhance the economic well-being of a community. In the broadest sense, economic development encompasses policies and programs that focus on improving the business climate, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and others.
“We are excited to be a part of an Economic Development Week campaign in Lombard. Through past and current engagement activities, our Community Development Department, working with our Economic and Community Development Committee (ECDC) has taken many steps to advance economic development activities. These efforts include adoption of a Village-wide Economic Incentive Policy, developing grant programs to create interest in the downtown and partnering efforts throughout the Village to make development projects a reality,” noted Village Trustee Bill Johnston, who is also the Chair of the ECDC.
For more information about the Village’s Community Development Department activities visit www.villageoflombard.org/communitydevelopment.
National Police Week, May 15 - 21
The Village of Lombard joined communities across the United States to recognize National Police Week, May 15-21, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. Lombard Officers who were killed in the line of duty include John Frost, killed Sept. 1936; Allan Mollsen, killed Sept. 28, 1986; and Louis Schuetz, killed July 30, 1933.
Nation-wide, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 394 officers include 143 officers who were killed during 2016, plus 251 officers who died in previous years. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
For more information about the Lombard Police Department please visit www.villageoflombard.org/police.
National Public Works Week, May 21 - 27
In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services are honored during National Public Works Week, May 21-27, 2017.
“Every resident and every property owner in the Village relies on Public Works on a daily basis for some type of service. The men and women of the Lombard Public Works Department take this responsibility seriously and work hard to provide the level of service and quality of life expected by our residents and businesses,” according to Director of Public Works Carl Goldsmith. “Our services to the community go beyond normal daily maintenance. The Department of Public Works is responsible for planning and completing many of the Village’s capital improvement projects each year, as well as responding to emergency situations and weather related issues.”
Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. For more information about Public Works visit villageoflombard.org/publicworks. For information on construction projects please visit villageoflombard.org/construction.
National EMS Week, May 21 – 27
The Village of Lombard recognized 2017 National EMS Week, 21-27. Twelve members of the Lombard Fire Department, who have served as a paramedic in the state for a significant amount of time, will be recognized. Combined, these individuals have served the public with emergency services for a total of 110 years.
“The amount of years served by our EMS responders act as a testament to the experience and dedication of these individuals,” said Lombard Fire Department Lt. EMS Officer Frank Gallione, who will be receiving a 30 year award. “We are proud to be able to provide Lombard residents with excellent emergency medical care.”
Firefighters who received recognition include: Battalion Chief Ray Kickert for 25 Years; Lt. Brad Delatorre for 20 Years; Firefighter/Paramedics Bill Klein, Nathanael Noon & Bruce Logsdon for 10 Years; and Firefighter/Paramedics Adam Kruckenberg, Dieterich Herndobler, Dan Campbell, Dale Farris, Tim Gorvett, Alex Putz & Ben Speck for 5 Years.
For more information please contact Lt. Gallione at (630)620-4572.