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Romeoville Fire Academy to star in documentary

The Romeoville Fire Academy will play a large role in an upcoming independent documentary by Dean Bushala, an accomplished television producer.
The Romeoville Fire Academy will play a large role in an upcoming independent documentary by Dean Bushala, an accomplished television producer.

ROMEOVILLE – A videographer who has worked on shows “Ice Road Truckers” and “Deadliest Catch” has been making a documentary that will star the Romeoville Fire Academy.

Dean Bushala has been in television for 20 years, according to a news release, and he’s been working on an independent documentary in which the academy will play a big role.

“I’m trying to get a better understanding of how firefighters do what they do,” Bushala said. “I was here in Romeoville for a week to do some work with the recruits and do some rappelling on the training tower.”

Bushala previously worked with the Downers Grove Fire Academy years ago on a project with PBS and had stayed in touch with many of the members who are now instructors in Romeoville. They’ve kept in touch, so now for this project, it made sense to reconnect.

“Honestly, you’ll never find better people,” Bushala said. “The Romeoville Fire Academy was the first place and the only place we wanted to go and we were lucky enough to get in.”

The project is aimed for a late summer release.

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