GARY — An elderly woman was killed and her husband and grandson suffered severe burns when a fire broke out early Sunday morning in their Glen Park home.
Firefighters were called to the house in the 4000 block of Louisiana Street at 6:42 a.m. after the woman’s daughter awoke in the basement and was overcome by smoke. Essie Crockett Hill, 71, was pronounced dead after she was transported to the Methodist Hospitals Southlake, Gary Deputy Fire Chief Mark Jones said. Paramedics performed CPR on 64-year-old Daniel Hill at the scene before airlifting him to Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where he is in critical condition. Their grandson Cody Page, 9, is being treated at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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