In the early morning hours of June 21, while our family was away on vacation, our home caught fire. An alert neighbor promptly notified the Oak Park Fire Department, which responded with extraordinary speed.
While our home sustained major exterior damage, fire damage to the interior and to contents was minimal. The skill and dedication of the Oak Park firefighters on duty that night saved our home, and we are filled with gratitude for their efforts.
Not only did they extinguish the fire, but they were able to do so with amazingly little interior water damage. They treated our home as if it was their own. They took the time to move furniture and to cover it with tarps to minimize water damage.
They thoughtfully removed window units where they could, rather than breaking them, to gain access to various areas of the house.
We write not only to express our thanks and appreciation, but to assure all Oak Park residents that we have a fire department in which we can have great confidence and of which we can be justifiably proud.
The Betke family