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Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke cited village firefighters for their work during a fatal crash. (File photo)

Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke cited village firefighters for their work during a fatal crash. (File photo)

Burke recognizes Evergreen Park firefighters for work in fatal crash

By Joe Boyle

Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke praised the efforts of the village fire department for their efforts after a man was in a one-car collision last month.

Burke presented Battalion 4, Engine Co. 61, Ambulance 33 the Fire Department Unit Performance Award during Monday night’s village board meeting.

“They were recognized for exceptional performance during the incident that happened on Sept. 12,” Burke said. “It was an unbelievable effort by the fire department and police department. Unfortunately, the man died in the incident but the fire department and police department were courageous.”

Fire Chief Ron Kleinhaus honored several members of the fire department for their efforts in this incident.

Parish Nash, of Chicago’s Wrightwood neighborhood, crashed into an electrical pole near 95th and Kedzie. First responders found him at the scene. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle. According to the medical examiner’s office, Nash died when his head came in contact with a power line as he tried to exit the vehicle. He also reportedly suffered blunt injuries in the crash.

“We commend them (fire department) for their hard work,” Burke said.

During the meeting, Burke praised the efforts of village employees and volunteers who took part in the annual Halloween Parade last Friday at 50-Acre Park. The Fanta SciFest that was held Saturday at the Evergreen Park Senior Center also was a success, Burke said.

“The Halloween Parade was a great time despite the weather,” Burke said about the steady rain. “The Fanta SciFest was also a lot of fun.”

An ordinance was approved for the purchase and sale agreement for property located at 9100 S. Spaulding Ave. from the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

A business license was granted to the new ownership of European Wax Center, 9526 S. Western Ave. The board approved the business, which provides full body waxing, by a 6-0 margin.

PSK Services LLC, 3144 W. 95th St., will provide free COVID testing. Some board members were concerned about the amount of parking available for the tests. Burke delivered the tiebreaker, voting for PSK Services, which was approved by a 4-3 margin.

“I will do some double-checking to make sure they are aware of the parking situation,” Burke added.

PSK Services will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burke pointed out that the center will not be providing drive-through service. Visitors will have to enter the building to receive the tests.

The board also approved unanimously Liane K. Williams Insurance Agency, 8745 S. Kedzie Ave., and Beverly Ridge On fitness studio, which will be operating out of Evergreen Park Community High School, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave., during the morning and afternoon.

The annual Pumpkin Smash will take place at the Evergreen Park Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Residents can bring their Halloween pumpkins to smash. The event is sponsored by the environmental commission. The smashed pumpkins will be used for composting.

Two public meetings will be held next week. The traffic safety commission will be meeting at the Village Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. The zoning board of appeals will conduct a public hearing at the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 on the request for a special use to permit the operation of Midwestern Career College, Suite 100, at 9730 S. Western Ave.

Village Hall will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Burke will give a State of the Village address at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, during the Office of Citizen Services Luncheon at the Community Center.

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