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Lake Bluff firefighters celebrate residents’ birthdays during stay-at-home order

Niki Stolzenburg and her two children pose in front of a Lake Bluff fire engine | Photo: Mark Stolzenburg.

Firefighters are helping celebrate the birthdays of Lake Bluff residents young and old amid the governor’s stay-at-home order.

“If it’s your birthday the Lake Bluff Volunteer Firefighters want to brighten your day during the ​“Stay At Home” order by riding by your home with lights and sirens in honor of your ​birthday!” the Lake Bluff Fire Department posted on their Facebook page Wednesday.

Glen Cole, Assistant to the Lake Bluff Village Administrator, said that 33 ride-by celebrations had been scheduled in one day. The celebrants range from 2 to 72 years old

“In a time where people are ordered to stay inside by Governor JB Pritzker, we are looking for ways to lighten up the faces of our Lake Bluff residents in our community. So don’t worry if you see a fire engine on your street,” the Lake Bluff Fire Department said in their Facebook post.

Lake Bluff firefighters Tony Graf (left) and Niko Stefani (right).

The fire department already completed a few birthday visits and have more scheduled for this week, Cole said.

Effective March 21, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order requiring all Illinois residents to stay in their home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order remains in effect until the end of the day on April 7.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike announced 673 new cases on Thursday, an increase from 1,865 total cases on Wednesday bringing the new total to 2,538 with 26 deaths in the state.

On Thursday, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Illinois and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the coronavirus, the White House said.


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