Chicago puts resources on front lines for Fourth of July weekend

David Brown
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Friday discusses Fourth of July weekend preparations. Photo credit City of Chicago/Twitter

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Ahead of what’s expected to be a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, leaders from a variety of city departments say they are ready.

“There’s no reason why everyone can’t enjoy the holiday safely,” Police Supt. David Brown told reporters Friday afternoon. “This doesn’t have to be complicated.”

In hopes of making that a reality, city leaders, including Mayor Lightfoot, said residents can expect to see plenty of police officers around Chicago.

“CPD officers, of course, will be out and visible throughout the city, at events and available to assist any resident or visitor that has a need.”

But Brown was among those putting some of the focus on parents, as well.

“We need you, parents, please, to help us make sure your young people are safe,” he said.

And with the Fourth of July, there’s bound to be plenty of fireworks across Chicago. Fire Commissioner Annette Nance Holt’s suggestion? Leave them to the professionals.

“The injuries that we see every year range from minor burns to catastrophic and life-changing injuries that include loss of fingers, damage to eyes and even fatalities.”

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