With the 4th of July less than a month away, we want to make your celebration with us as smooth as possible. Please find parking information that will be in effect during the Oak Lawn Park District and Village of Oak Lawn’s Fireworks display at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., along with the Oak Lawn Park District’s Party in the Park event at Memorial Park, 102nd & Major, on Wednesday, July 4th: 

Richard High School’s entire South Lot on 107th Street will be closed for resurfacing.

107th Street will be closed to traffic. 

Parking during these events will be available at the following locations:

* Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave. *

* Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th St. & Kostner Ave. (police patrols on the paths guiding patrons to the Fireworks display) *

* Memorial Park, 102nd & Major *

* Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St. *

The Oak Lawn Fire Department was organized in 1923 by Paul Bruggeman, Charles Hall, Nick Schmalen, Al Schultz and John Steinfatt. Through their combined efforts the Village Fire & Water Committee was created. Nick Schmalen would later become the first fire chief. Oak Lawn’s population at that time was approximately 2,400 people.

Not long after, ten other men joined the department. In order to raise funds to purchase gear and equipment, the members held event such as a masquerade ball in February 1924. The proceeds from the events went to purchasing a Reo fire truck and 1000 feet of hose, costing $5,000.

For over three-quarters of a century, from its humble beginnings as a small volunteer department to the full-time, 76 member, professional organization it is today, the Oak Lawn Fire Department has never wavered from its initial goal – to best serve the citizens and visitors of the Village of Oak Lawn through fire prevention, fire suppression and advanced life support services. 

First known photo




FD 1940s