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Carpentersville seeks former firefighters to attend 9/11 ceremony

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Authorities at the Carpentersville Fire Department are looking for past firefighters to attend the dedication service of the department's 9/11 memorial.

The department will hold its ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at 213 Spring St. An open house follows at the fire station.

The memorial is dedicated to firefighters who served Carpentersville throughout the 96 years of the department's existence and to the people who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Fire Chief John Schuldt also secured a piece of the World Trade Center from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that will have a prominent place in the memorial.

The memorial also features a flagpole, two stone monuments displaying the words to the Fireman's Prayer and the Last Alarm poem that honors fallen firefighters, as well as brick pavers in the shape of a Maltese cross, the fire service logo. A stone monument will hold a brass fire helmet, and the metal from the World Trade Center will pierce the monument.

The department is using the surplus cash raised beyond the memorial's $15,000 cost for its ongoing maintenance. If you are a former Carpentersville firefighter, email Schuldt at or call him at (847) 344-7300.

Party for the pooches: Over the weekend, the Animal House Shelter in Huntley welcomed more than 100 dogs and their new families back for a pet reunion, according to a news release.

The event also included a presentation on fire safety from the Huntley Fire Department, a canine demonstration from the McHenry County Sheriff's Department and vaccines and microchipping, offered at discounts.

Other attractions were a dunk tank, food, music, games and a bounce house for children.

The reunion is in its fourth year. Shelter officials hold it to introduce some of the new animals to people who have already adopted pets there. Animal House, located at 13005 Ernesti Road, is open for adoptions daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on Animal House Shelter, Inc., visit

• Lenore Adkins covers Huntley, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, send an email to or call (847) 608-2725.