Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Arthur "Skip" Hart recently retired from his role as the Buffalo Grove Fire Department's public education officer.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A wake will be held today (Tuesday) for Buffalo Grove Fire Inspector Arthur "Skip" Hart, who passed away last week from cancer. Hart, who retired this month after 16 years with the fire department, conducted fire safety education programs in the community. He was also the publisher of the fire department's monthly newsletter, "The Fireplug." A wake will be held from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Kahle-Moore Funeral Home, 403 Silver Lake Road, Cary. A funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2107 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Internment will be private.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Buffalo Grove will say goodbye next week to three longtime public servants.
The Village of Buffalo Grove recognized three retiring firefighters Monday who have a combined total of nearly 100 years of professional experience. Deputy Chief Daniel Pearson, Battalion Chief Gary Belfield and Public Education Officer Arthur “Skip” Hart were lauded by Fire Chief Terry Vavra for their dedication to the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. (See video.) “These are three absolutely phenomenal firefighters, but more importantly, three phenomenal human beings that this village is going to lose,” Vavra said. “They leave behind so much of what this department now is.” The three received a standing ovation from those in attendance, and were also praised by the Village Board. Pearson and Belfield were among the first full-time …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Buffalo Grove Fire Department's Pluggie’s Pals program emphasizes safety, sense of community for volunteers.
For the last 11 years, Joel Spiegel has dutifully kept the fire hydrant on his block clear of snow and grass. Now a freshman at Stevenson High School, Spiegel joined the Pluggie’s Pals program through the Buffalo Grove Fire Department when he was 4 years old. “I remember that I attended the fire department’s open house and that they were looking for volunteers for the program,” he said. The members of the Pluggie’s Pals program ensure the fire hydrants on their street are cleared of snow, bushes, and grass. “There is no training for the program,” said Fire Inspector Skip Hart, who oversees the program. “We just stress that everyone exercises proper safety precautions." While the program is geared to children, anyone can become a “Pal” if …