Firefighter Repurposes Trees Cut Down At Site Of New Firehouse

Steve Miller
July 11, 2019 - 2:21 pm
The South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District is getting two new fire stations, but construction required cutting down some trees. Now a 19-year veteran of the department is re-purposing some of those trees.

Captain Bill Eckles

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District is getting two new fire stations, but construction required cutting down some trees. Now a 19-year veteran of the department is re-purposing some of those trees.

Some of the silver maple trees at the site of what will be the central fire station were 60-years old and had to come down.

Enter Captain Bill Eckles of the South Elgin Fire District. When he's not on fire department duty, Eckles is a woodworker.

"When this came along, it's the kind of stuff that I've been doing. And it's an opportunity for me to give back to the district," he said.

So Eckles took three salvageable logs from two maples and he's making three 8-foot tables: one for each kitchen of the two new firehouses and one for the kitchen of the existing South Elgin firehouse.

"It's slated for the grand opening of the two new fire stations at the end of next February," he said.

Eckles said the lumber will go into a kiln and then construction of the tables will start in the fall.