New Firefighting Book from Tim Olk

RiverwoodsIf you went to a fire on the North Shore of Chicago anytime in the past 20 years, you were guaranteed to see smoke, fire and Tim Olk. A renowned photographer, Tim has a new book, “Northern Illinois Fire Ground Photograpy,” and I highly recommend it.
“Olkie” — as most of the guys call him — took his first fire scene photos when he was 13 years old. He took the pictures into the station and met Assistant Chief/Fire Investigator Wayne Luecht. Tim eventually took professional photography classes and learned how to photograph fire scenes from Wayne. Eventually, Tim became a Paid-on-Call Firefighter as well as certified in Advanced Fire Scene Photography by the Fire Investigators Strike Force.
Today, Tim is the Midwest US Region Director for the International Fire Photographers Association. Many of his photos have been featured in Fire Engineering, Fire Chief and Fire Rescue magazines. In 1999, Tim lost his mentor and friend when Wayne Luecht died of injuries sustained on duty.
Tim is one of the greatest advocates for the men and women in the fire service. Ask most any firefighter around Chicago about Olkie, and they’ll tell you that he was there photographing their fire academy class, he was on scene for their first fire, and because of the guy he is, he was probably invited to their retirement ceremony.
“Northern Illinois Fire Ground Photography” features hundreds of photos in a hardbound coffee table style book. Olkie captures the lives of the men and women in the fire service from over 50 areas and departments, including the grizzled veterans and young hotshots at the Highwood Fire Department. The full-color book includes photos of fire scenes and rescues, academy graduations, training, dive calls, department events, holidays, group shots, and more.
Tim is a great guy, this is a great book. I highly recommend you buy it. You won’t be disappointed.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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