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    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze

    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze
    HOMEWOOD, IL - A 21-year-old Homewood firefighter underwent skin-graft surgery Thursday to repair first- and second-degree burns suffered in an extra-alarm fire Tuesday night that claimed the life of a firefighter and an elderly war veteran. Karra Kopas, a part-time firefighter/paramedic and Prairie State College student, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday while recovering in the burn unit at the University ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Family Swept to Sea by Hurricane Wave Rescued by City Firefighter

    Family Swept to Sea by Hurricane Wave Rescued by City Firefighter
    POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ — After a pleasant Sunday morning at Jenkinson’s boardwalk on Point Pleasant Beach, Raechel Fisher went with her 10-year-old son, Zack, to the water’s edge so he could wash the sand off his feet. She leaned down to rinse out his beach toys. When she looked up and saw fierce waves coming, panic set in. "The water ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters escape house fire as floors collapse

    Firefighters escape house fire as floors collapse
    COLORADO SPRINGS - The collapsing floor in front of Paul Jensen didn’t fool the firefighter for a second Wednesday night. Jensen and another firefighter escaped injury while fighting a fire that tore through a northwest Colorado Springs house. A homeowner and his sister arrived shortly after 7 p.m. to find smoke coming form the man’s house at 2235 Kirby Court, said ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay

    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay
    CHICAGO - Chicago firefighters and paramedics will get $94 million in back pay dating back to June 30, 2007 — bankrolled by debt likened to “borrowing to pay for last year’s groceries” — thanks to a contract ratified Monday. “We’re very concerned. It’s enormously expensive to borrow to pay for operating costs. Future taxpayers are gonna have to pay, not only ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF Saves Man's Life On Aniversary of Fallen Comrades

    QUEENS, NY - For ladder 163 in Woodside, Queens, the third weekend in June is always laden with emotion and remembrance as the fire company pays tribute to three firefighters killed in a blaze on Father's Day, 2001. This year, the memory of the dead was honored in the most fitting way: Ladder 163 Firefighter Thomas Adams rescued a man from ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Father Who Was Set on Fire Dies; Son Charged With Murder

    TAMPA - Ronald W. Harris Sr., the victim burned by his son Ronald Harris Jr., has succumbed to his injuries. Harris died shortly before 6 p.m., Monday. Harris Jr., is now charged with first degree murder and arson. He is scheduled for his first appearance in court today at 1 p.m. As reported Monday by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, at ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Atlantic City FF Honored 42 Years Later for Life-Saving Rescue

    Atlantic City FF Honored 42 Years Later for Life-Saving Rescue
    ATLANTIC CITY — No one ever denied that Leo Hinton was a hero. But on June 25, nearly four decades after his death, he finally received the recognition so many insisted he deserved. Forty-two years ago, the off-duty firefighter walked into a blaze at a hotel in Atlantic City. Dressed in civilian clothes and armed only with a fire extinguisher, he ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later

    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later
    SUMMIT -- Fire has a rich, and devastating, history all its own. The Summit Fire ripped through more than 4,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains three years ago, on May 22, 2008, destroying 34 homes and 82 "outbuildings" and more than 160 vehicles. Lasting five days, it also destroyed residents' treasured possessions, animals and so many other things. Three years ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring

    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring
    SAN FRANCISCO - A former South San Francisco firefighter has been charged with running a high-stakes sports betting ring, using city phones to wager an average of $500 a week and soliciting colleagues to participate, authorities said. James Anthony Selvitella Jr., 52, a onetime battalion chief, was charged with conspiracy and bookmaking in San Mateo County Superior Court along with four ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Sentenced In Fake Firefighter Attack

    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A Northern California man accused of posing as a firefighter to kidnap and rape a teenage girl will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Alfredo Flores of Brentwood has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison. The Contra Costa County judge who issued the sentence on Friday said Flores had shown ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    19-Year-Old Gets 15 Years in Firefighter's Slaying

    JACKSONVILLE - A Jacksonville woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison in the December shooting death of a Jacksonville firefighter/paramedic. [photo:162625] Fisthnise St. Breux, 19, had faced up to 30 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter last month. She will be deported to her native Haiti upon completion of her sentence. St. Breux was arrested after Emanuel Porter II, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fallen Firefighter: Robert Dean Watts

    Fallen Firefighter: Robert Dean Watts
    Name: Robert Dean Watts Rank: Firefighter Age: 51 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 4/18/2011 Time of Incident: 20:00 Date of Death: 4/18/2011 Fire Department: Windsor Volunteer Fire Department 275 Broad ST USNG: 18T XM 9566 3583 Windsor , Connecticut  06095 Fire Department Chief: William Lewis Incident Description: Firefighter Watts collapsed while working water supply at the scene of a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    9/11 Responder Loses Battle With Cancer At Age 51

    9/11 Responder Loses Battle With Cancer At Age 51
    NEW YORK - Roy Chelsen, a heroic 9/11 first responder, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 51. On 9/11, Chelsen, of Engine 28 in Manhattan, rushed a group of firefighters out of the World Trade Center's north tower moments before it collapsed, saving their lives. Then he stayed on at Ground Zero, spending weeks digging through the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Woman Names Baby After Medic Who Saved Her Life

    Woman Names Baby After Medic Who Saved Her Life
    ST. CHARLES, MO - A St. Charles County woman went into sudden cardiac arrest at just 32 years old, but skilled medics brought her back to life. Now those paramedics are getting a surprise from their miracle patient. "It came out as an unconscious female," remembers paramedic Kevin Griffith of the call that came into ambulance station 14 on August 29, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    24-Year Veteran Firefighter Dies in His Sleep at Station

    24-Year Veteran Firefighter Dies in His Sleep at Station
    YUMA - A firefighter who served the Yuma community for more than 24 years with the Rural/Metro Fire Department died while on duty Saturday night. Captain and paramedic David Irr died in his sleep at Station 2 and was found by fellow firefighters the next morning. He was 49. “We are devastated by the loss of our friend David,” said Gary ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Town Welcomes New Station With Open Arms

    Town Welcomes New Station With Open Arms
    GREAT BARRINGTON, MA -- State and town officials, current and former firemen and supporters of the new fire station were on hand Sunday afternoon to observe the official dedication of the building. The guest of honor and main speaker, Mort T. Cavanaugh, fire chief in town for more than 40 years, told the audience of about 150 that "being a fireman ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FFs Rescue 5 Navy Parachutists Stuck in Trees

    FFs Rescue 5 Navy Parachutists Stuck in Trees
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Virginia Beach fire crews rescued five Navy sailors who got stuck in trees while parachuting near Fort Story. At around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Navy officials say they were conducting a routine parachute training exercise. The Navy would not allow media on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story where the accident happened, but Navy officials ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash

    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash
    TULSA - A paramedic had to be taken to the hospital herself after being hit by a Jeep while responding to an accident near 51st and Harvard. It happened early Friday morning. It started with an accident in the intersection in which the driver of a car t-boned a minivan. While investigators were attempting to move the car and minivan out ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Student EMT Tried Desperately to Save Classmate's Life

    Student EMT Tried Desperately to Save Classmate's Life
    BOSTON - A quick-thinking student EMT who tried to save a Bolton high school senior who died Monday after collapsing at track practice said yesterday he struggled mightily to rescue his friend. “I did what I needed to do,” Brad Lewis, a Nashoba Regional High School student EMT, told reporters. “I wasn’t treating symptoms, I was treating my friend. It was ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3

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