Thursday, August 23, 2012

G & L Trophies & Gifts - Oak Lawn shop supplies props for police, fire TV shows

PHOTO: Gene Furmanek, a former Alsip firefighter, started G & L Trophies in Oak Lawn 31 years ago. The store sells primarily police and fire items and supplies props to shows like Mike and Molly and Chicago Fire. His son Tim, an Oak Lawn police lieutenant, now operates the store. | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media


OAK LAWN, IL - Tim Furmanek likes to record episodes of the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly,” then scrutinize them, virtually frame by frame.

It’s not that he’s some obsessed fan of the show, which features an overweight Chicago cop and his wife, a fourth-grade teacher in the city also struggling with her weight. He’s scouring each scene to catch a glimpse of something from his family’s Oak Lawn business, G & L Trophies & Gifts.

Started more than three decades ago by his father, Gene, a former Alsip firefighter, G&L provides all kinds of props for the show, and is supplying items for another network show coming this fall and being filmed in Chicago.

The store, 4038 W. 111th St., sells police- and firefighter-themed apparel, artwork, books, collectibles and other items. Gene Furmanek started the business out of his home in 1981, creating plaques and trophies for local police officers’ and firefighters’ promotions and retirements. He retired from the Alsip Fire Department in 1991.

“We probably did two or three orders (for ‘Mike & Molly’) last year,” Tim Furmanek, an Oak Lawn police lieutenant, said.

The business was contacted earlier this year by the production company for a drama called “Chicago Fire,” shepherded by Dick Wolf, the creator of “Law & Order” and its assorted incarnations. The program will debut Oct. 10, two days after the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice Guy, stop by and see him. Nice items, nice assortment. Very helpful staff.

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Anonymous said...

Big fuckin' whoop! Overpriced shit for dorks in that store. I also hear that he stole someone's screen print and illegally made shirts that he had to pay up for. Some people do anything for a buck.

Anonymous said...

The owners of this store are very nice people! This is a business we should all support.

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Anonymous said...

so this is where i can get a firefighters t-shirt and go to bourbon street and pickup all the milfs!

I Voted For Obama said...

Mike and Molly both voted for Obama, then went to the Omlette House.

Anonymous said...

The place that HAD the best Fire memoriabilia was "JIM'S FIRE BARN" a bar that was located at about 53rd. & Wood. Alot of the stuff you saw in Backdraft was borrowed from the bar, the only problem a portion was STOLEN during filming,and Ron Howard and Production Co. had NO answers where it weant probably in SOME ACTORS BASEMENT.

Anonymous said...

To 1:54 Maybe you can go to bourban street with your jeans and hoodie on with your handcuffs placed just right so everbody can see them, the college girl's will think your dreamy. Then you can tell them how you got on the team all by yourself.

Anonymous said...

To 1:54 Maybe you can go to bourban street with your jeans and hoodie on with your handcuffs placed just right so everbody can see them, the college girl's will think your dreamy. Then you can tell them how you got on the team all by yourself.

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Ahhh, a fireman getting a little heated. Truth hurt? FYI, no one wants to hear about your latest "ambo run". Can't wait for the latest fire show on NBC. I can see it now, all your "brothers", eating chili (made by another hero), watching the show, crying when they cry, high fiving when a sweet ventilation is made on a roof, talking about the next irish tattoo you're gonna get, and bean bags. LOL. Get off the blog hero if you can't take the heat.

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