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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 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 4 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners

    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners
    LONG BEACH - It's a little late, but compensation data on city of Long Beach employees is now online at the state controller's website. The information, which is available at www.sco.ca.gov, lists the pay ranges for each city position, how much each worker actually earned in 2009, pension details and the cost of other benefits. Among the Long Beach managers who ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
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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 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation

    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation
    D.C. police have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl who was not immediately taken to the hospital by emergency responders. The investigation will be handled by the homicide division's special victims unit, which looks into the death of any child younger than 13. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said investigators would "determine if there's any potential ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fairfax Teen Dies in Electrical Accident

    FAIRFAX, Va. - A Fairfax teenager died in an electrical accident Tuesday night. Officials and neighbors say the 17-year-old boy had been using a power saw to trim trees in the 4200 block of Berritt Street in Fairfax City when the accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. The teenager, a student at Fairfax High School, was working about 10 feet from ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate

    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Family members of a teen killed when he jumped from a moving ambulance said that the death of the autistic 16-year-old on Sunday could have been prevented. For starters, Shelley Hodge didn't want her son, Ryan Emory, released from the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia on Feb. 6. On his discharge papers she wrote: "I, Shelly ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    CFD Sends 700 Holiday Packages to Soldiers Overseas

    CFD Sends 700 Holiday Packages to Soldiers Overseas
    CHICAGO (WLS) - The Chicago Fire Department loaded up 700 packages to be sent to U.S. troops overseas for the holidays Monday. Firefighters and paramedics dug into their own pockets and raised money to buy products for U.S. troops. Firefighter LeeAnn McKay who organizes the holiday packages says the troops are very grateful. "The military just loves it. They're just so ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Inmate Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

    Inmate Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty
    GORMAN, Calif. -- A truck carrying a prison inmate fire crew collided with a car on a narrow highway north of Los Angeles on Tuesday, killing one inmate and one person from the car and leaving a dozen people injured, authorities said. The car and truck crashed at 2:20 p.m. on Highway 138 near Interstate 4 south of Gorman, Los Angeles ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Off-Duty Responder Saves Life of Drowning Boy

    Off-Duty Responder Saves Life of Drowning Boy
    BEDFORD - An off-duty New Bedford firefighter and a Cranston, R.I., police officer performed CPR and saved the life of a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned Saturday in a pond at Myles Standish State Forest. Raymond Ryan, 40, the firefighter, performed compressions while Officer Mallory Reis, who was also off-duty, held the child's head steady and kept his airway open. Lori ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Two Men Killed in Twin-Engine Plane Crash

    Two Men Killed in Twin-Engine Plane Crash
    HOLLYWOOD, FL - Two south Florida men who family members said were traveling on business were killed in a twin-engine plane crash Saturday night in a far west Chicago suburb. The pilot, Gary Bradford Jr., 37, of Hollywood, Fla., and his passenger, Drago Strahija, 32, of Lake Worth, Fla., had come from Texas, spent a night in west suburban Aurora and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Spontaneous Combustion Kills 110 Cows, Puts Firefighters on Defense

    Spontaneous Combustion Kills 110 Cows, Puts Firefighters on Defense
    WOODSBORO, Md. --The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office determined the spontaneous combustion of tightly compacted hay bales caused a barn fire Sunday in the 10200 block of Oak Hill Road. Marc McNeal, chief fire marshal at the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, said a worker in the 75- by 400-foot barn was moving some hay bales when a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Injured Firefighter Cleared to Return to Full Duty Today

    Injured Firefighter Cleared to Return to Full Duty Today
    MODESTO, CA - Last month, Modesto firefighter J.D. Clevenger said he was eager to return to active duty. "I can't wait to cut another hole in a roof," the 32-year-old said during an interview with The Bee. "The smell of a two-stroke (chain saw) engine will get me over this." He could get that opportunity as early as today, when he ...
    Published over 4 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 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good

    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good
    DAYTONA BEACH -- A city firefighter has been offered a deal that would give her more than $500,000 over the next three years, and she would never once have to show up for work. At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners agreed to the deal that would put the firefighter on paid leave until she retires. The firefighter, Kristine Gray, signed ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -8

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