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Updated: January 30, 2014 5:43PM


Aurora Fire Department

The Aurora Fire Department promoted several firefighters during a ceremony Jan. 23 at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway Blvd., Aurora. The promotions include:

Alberto Torres, 43, was promoted to lieutenant Nov. 29. He joined the department in February 1996. Torres is a certified firefighter II, certified dive rescue I, and certified CPR instructor. He also served the department as an arson investigator. He began serving as a paramedic in July 2001.

Brian Youhanaie, 53, was promoted to lieutenant Jan. 20. He joined the department in January 1992. Youhanaie is a certified firefighter I and firefighter II. He is also certified as a special airport firefighter. He served the department as a paramedic from July 1995 through September 2000. Youhanaie earned a bachelor’s degree in the arts.

Gary Krienitz, 41, was promoted to captain Jan. 18. He joined the department in March 1997, and was promoted to lieutenant in September 2008. He served as a paramedic from September 1997 to March 2006. He is a certified firefighter II and serves the department as an arson investigator team leader.

Dave McCabe, 43, recently was promoted to battalion chief of the Aurora Fire Training Division. He joined the department in March 1997, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and to captain on Nov. 30, 2012. He has served as a paramedic since October 1997. He is a certified firefighter III, fire officer I, and instructor I. McCabe also serves as a juvenile fire setter counselor, a CPR instructor and a certified child protective seat installer for the department. He is also a member of the department’s Hazardous Materials Team. McCabe earned a bachelor’s degree in the arts.

Fraud warnings

New credit card scam

In the aftermath of the holiday data breach at several major retailers, consumers have been reporting unauthorized charges of $9.84 on their credit card statements.

The business that levied the charge claims that the fee is for “customer support,” and it may appear on the statement as one of many different websites. It appears their plan is to fly under the radar when they hit individual accounts.

“These individuals are aware that small charges under $10 often go un-noticed, which would not be the case for larger amounts,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “This fraud relies on consumers being a little careless and not closely examining their statements.”

Bernas said the scam might be a results of the holiday breach, but authorities are still investigation.

Consumers should contact their credit card issuer when they suspect this type of fraud. The Better Business Bureau further suggests consumers: request a new card; place a fraud alert on their credit file; and closely monitor all accounts.

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Seniors invited to forum

State Reps. John Anthony (R-Morris) and Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) are hosting a senior fraud prevention forum at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington, Oswego.

The legislators are partnering with the Oswego Senior Center to host the free forum for seniors, in conjunction with the attorney general’s office, to teach them how to protect their identity and learn about fraud prevention and consumer safety.

“I believe that it is important for everyone, especially seniors, to be aware of scams and other forms of identity theft,” Anthony said. “I have seen seniors be taken advantage of far too many times in our community.”

“Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the nation, and many of these thieves specifically target seniors,” Hatcher said.

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