Fifty-five years ago this week, the snow began falling in what would break records as the legendary blizzard of 1967. In two days, a whopping 23 inches of snow fell.

While people across Chicagoland were stalled on the road or at work, Forest Park boasted the cleanest streets in the western suburbs.

Village trucks, under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Lambke, removed snow with the strong support of private industry and community volunteers. The heavy loaders from Thomas McQueen Co., a business on the 1300 block of Circle, used their skills and heavy equipment to help move the snow from streets to the park district fields.

Community support was block-by-block, neighbor-to-neighbor, with many unsung good samaritans sharing food, rides and shoveling skills. Even the fire hydrants in town were cleared by the scouts.