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    Okla. boy rescued after tongue gets stuck on pole

    WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - In a scene straight from the movie "A Christmas Story," an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy got his tongue stuck to a metal pole after he licked it on a dare. Officials say when rescue crews arrived Tuesday morning, the boy was standing on his tiptoes, trying to wriggle his frozen tongue free from a stop sign pole across ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Concerns Arise After City's 8-Alarm, 12-Alarm Blazes

    Concerns Arise After City's 8-Alarm, 12-Alarm Blazes
    CAMDEN - After two large fires that tore through vacant warehouses within days of each other last week, Camden's mayor voiced her concern Monday to the state attorney general. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Dana L. Redd did not say whether officials thought that Thursday's 12-alarm blaze at a building near the Parkside neighborhood, once rented by a tire company, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue

    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue
    WASHINGTON, DC - Sometimes history seems to repeat itself at the Supreme Court, and apparently settled issues reemerge in slightly different forms. And so there will be a feeling of deja vu at the court Monday morning when the justices turn their attention to an especially familiar-sounding issue: whether minority firefighter applicants in Chicago waited too long to sue when the ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    TX Mayor Has Fire, Police Overtime on Agenda

    HOUSTON, TX - Overtime pay for police and firefighters cost Houston taxpayers $67 million last year, including 714 employees who each earned $20,000 or more, and four officers who pulled down more than $100,000. A Houston Chronicle analysis shows that most of the money — $50 million — went to the Houston Police Department, long bedeviled by staffing shortages while trying ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    1929 Fire Truck Is Still Rolling, at 35 MPH

    1929 Fire Truck Is Still Rolling, at 35 MPH
    BOTHELL, WA - The application states it is a form for nominations to Bothell’s local register of historic landmarks. In this case, what is being nominated probably isn’t normally thought of as a landmark. Still, if you’ve lived in the Bothell area for any period of time, you’ve most likely seen it on holidays, in parades or at other municipal events. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    On-Duty Firefighters Hit By Thieves

    On-Duty Firefighters Hit By Thieves
    BAYFIELD, UK - Thieves who made off with the possessions of volunteer firefighters in Bayfield while they battled a small boat blaze showed unbelievable nerve and disrespect, a firefighter says. The firefighter, who asked not to be named, said his flashing green dashboard light that lets motorists know he’s responding to a call was stolen while his car was at the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Scrap Vehicles Help Teach Firefighters New Rescue Tricks

    BURTONSILLE, MD - An abrupt crunch announced the severing of the last column connecting the roof to the frame of a Chevrolet pickup truck in a Rockville scrapyard Thursday evening as members of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department braced their shoulders under the strain and prepared to remove the roof. Hefting what appears to be a gigantic pair of scissors in ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Responds to Call at Own Business

    Firefighter Responds to Call at Own Business
    CLINTON — Firefighter Dean S. Weeks was on duty last night when the call came in that his restaurant, Tailgaters Grille, just 300 yards from the fire station on Main Street, was on fire. Firefighters at the station this morning were saddened over the loss of what they called Mr. Weeks' dream and passion. “We're heartbroken,” said Firefighter John W. Kobus. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    AZ Wildfire May Become Largest In History

    ARIZONA - An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters tried Tuesday to keep the blaze from crossing into New Mexico and devouring a small mountain town. Fires grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state's border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway. In Luna, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Two Missing After Small Plane Crashes Into IL Home; 75 Firefighters Respond

    Two Missing After Small Plane Crashes Into IL Home; 75 Firefighters Respond
    BELLEVILLE, IL - Two people aboard a small private plane are unaccounted for after the plane crashed into an airplane hangar and home in the Villa Hills area about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Signal Hill Fire Chief Greg Render. Render wouldn't confirm the two aboard had been killed, but he said no one was recovered from the plane and that ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Three Killed When World War II Bomb Explodes in Germany

    Three Killed When World War II Bomb Explodes in Germany
    June 2 - Three explosives experts were killed and six injured as they attempted to defuse a World War II bomb in the central German city of Goettingen, police said. The 500-kilogram (1,100 pound) bomb was found late yesterday under Goettingen’s Schuetzenplatz, the city’s police said in a statement late yesterday. All the dead and injured were in the process ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires

    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires
    East Syracuse, NY — How often does a volunteer firefighter stay with his force 75 years? Not very often. That’s why there was a big turnout last week when Bill Lewis Sr. officially retired from the East Syracuse Fire Department. The East Syracuse chief, Mike Cramer, said the department’s bylaws had to be changed to grant the retirement, which is the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Former Acrobat Finds a Niche as a Firefighter

    DECATUR - This daring young man on the flying trapeze decided to become a firefighter. Jason Nolan, a Decatur firefighter since Sept. 4, 2008, began performing in the Illinois State University Gamma Phi Circus in Normal and on the road in 1994. His wife-to-be, Meghan, was also part of the circus, an institution peculiar to Illinois State and Florida State. "My ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Video: Firefighter Killed In Fall Through Church Roof

    Video: Firefighter Killed In Fall Through Church Roof
    MUNCIE -- More than three hours after flames sent a church's sanctuary roof crashing toward the ground, emergency personnel on the scene gathered around a covered body pulled from the still-steaming rubble and saluted their fallen brother. Scott Davis, a Muncie firefighter and former Yorktown fire chief, died Wednesday afternoon while fighting a blaze at the Tabernacle of Praise. Davis, married ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Fire Officials Investigate Noose Incident at Academy

    DENVER - Denver fire officials are investigating the discovery of a noose by a black Aurora firefighter in a conference room at a training center used by both Denver and Aurora fire departments. The Denver firefighter who planted the noose at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy in Denver did so as a joke, said Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne. "It was ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Bobcat Climbing Pole Sparks 5-Acre Brush Fire

    PIRU, Calif. — A bobcat climbing a power pole got electrocuted and sparked a five-acre brush fire in California's Ventura County. County fire Capt. Dan Preston told the Ventura County Star that the bobcat was apparently chasing an owl or another bird when it touched the power lines, caught fire and fell to the ground in a rural area near Piru. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    City Rejects Grant That Would Hire More FFs

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Grand Island has rejected a federal grant that would have paid the full salary and benefits for six new Grand Island firefighters for two years. The Grand Island Independent is reporting that the City Council allowed Fire Chief Troy Hughes to apply for the grant in June 2009. The city won the grant offered through the U.S. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]

    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]
    DETROIT - No one was injured and there were no reports of significant damage from an electrical fire at a Detroit auto show exhibit that shut the event down for a few hours today, officials said. The fire, which spread smoke throughout Cobo Center and forced the evacuation of the main showroom, began in scaffolding and high-powered lights in the ceiling ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Patient Among Five Dead in TX Air Ambulance Crash

    Patient Among Five Dead in TX Air Ambulance Crash
    ALPINE, Texas — A patient and his wife were among the dead when an air ambulance crashed shortly after takeoff from a West Texas airport, killing all 5 people on board. The crash happened about 12:15 a.m. Sunday about a mile east of Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, around 200 miles southeast of El Paso. The twin-engine Cessna 421 had just taken off ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Hurt in Freak Fire Hose Accident

    SOMERVILLE, MA - A Somerville man is recovering after being struck by a street-cleaning sign that was knocked over by a fire hose in a freak accident on Monday night . Baljit Singh, 49, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital after being injured during the bizarre chain of events, officials said. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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