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This Week in Rockford: There was once a mean monkey

ROCKFORD – It’s difficult to forget the 2015 tornado that all but demolished the small Illinois town of Fairdale.

On April 9, the community was struck by an EF4 twister, which caused two fatalities, numerous injuries, and significant damage to commercial and residential buildings. According to local authorities, 15 to 20 homes were destroyed, and almost all of the buildings in the town “sustained damage of some sort”.

Technical rescue teams from DeKalb and Rockford assisted in searching the collapsed buildings for survivors.

Among the survivors was a pet monkey police called “mean” before caging it and taking to an area shelter, where it later died. N.