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Romeoville Fire Academy lands starring role in documentary

Producer Dean Bushala puts his Romeoville Fire Academy training to work.
Producer Dean Bushala puts his Romeoville Fire Academy training to work.

On an overcast day in mid-October, someone was repelling down one of Romeoville’s water towers.

That someone was producer Dean Bushala, who was putting his Romeoville Fire Academy training to work.

Bushala did the water tower decent four times that day, each one being caught on camera. He’s making an independent documentary, and the fire academy has played a big part in it.

The project is aiming for a late summer release.

– The Herald-News

Bushala has been in television for 20 years. The Chicagoland native was the director of photography on Ice Road Truckers, worked on Deadliest Catch, and has spent the last five or six years with National Geographic.

Years ago, Bushala was also part of a project with PBS and worked with the Downers Grove Fire Academy. He kept in touch with those firefighters, many of which are now instructors at the Romeoville Fire Academy.

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