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    Gang Forces Ambulance Driver to Give Them Ride

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities say criminals hijacked an ambulance and forced the driver to give them a ride to a slum in Rio de Janeiro before taking their patient to the hospital. Officials say armed men stopped the ambulance shortly after it picked up a mental patient in a shantytown in the city's north side. Carrying pistols and shotguns, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Volunteer Rescues Man Swept Down Falls

    MADERA, Calif.—A volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving a Georgia man who fell into a creek and plunged down a waterfall while hiking in the Sierra National Forest. Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart says 46-year-old Billy Williams was trying to cross a creek above Corlieu Falls Saturday when he slipped, fell into the creek and plunged down a 30-foot ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?

    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?
    Chris Lytle is one of a few Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans who still keeps his day job. Technically, it's a day/night job. He's a firefighter in Indianapolis. Between his job, a busy fight schedule in UFC and his four kids, he has little time for anything else. He admits he doesn't have other hobbies and says his many fight-night bonuses have ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?

    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?
    WASHINGTON, DC - The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in recent years has developed a bit of an overtime problem. And part of the solution has created an entirely different problem: angry, pregnant firefighters. The root of the problem is that too many firefighters haven’t been on full-duty status, so their colleagues have been collecting time-and-a-half to fill in, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fire Chief Trapped After Trench Wall Collapses

    Fire Chief Trapped After Trench Wall Collapses
    UPDATED CHARLES CITY (AP) — Authorities in Floyd County say the Assistant Charles City Fire Chief needed the help of his department after a trench collapse trapped him up to his armpits in soil. The Charles City Fire Department was called to Assistant Chief David Boehmer's home Monday afternoon. Firefighters say Boehmer was working on a new home on his property ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 over 7 years ago | Rated: -7
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    MD Firefighters Are A Pet's Best Friend

    MD Firefighters Are A Pet's Best Friend
    WASHINGTON - Three furry felines are alive and purring thanks to rescue efforts by firefighters in Prince George's County this week. PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY - Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady says "The rescue of pets and animals in unusual and compromising situations is based on the the level of difficulty and safety of firefighter rescuers." He adds ...
    Published over 6 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fired FFs Brave the Heat to Honor a Good Cause

    Bryan Schwesing donned his fireman's hat and braved the heat and humidity Sunday as he walked down the center lane of Eureka Road near Telegraph in Taylor carrying a boot in hopes of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As sweat rolled down his face, Schwesing thanked the motorists who rolled down their windows to put dollar bills and coins ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial

    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial
    HARTFORD — - The fire lieutenant who led the initial attack on the ferocious blaze that consumed William Beckerman's 3,200-square-foot West Hartford home last February was the first witness called Wednesday in Beckerman's trial on charges that he set the fire. Lt. Chris Gordon, who retired from the West Hartford Fire Department in July, described being confronted with blinding smoke as ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Racial Epithet Leaves Three Firefighters Out of Work

    Racial Epithet Leaves Three Firefighters Out of Work
    HOUSTON, TX - Houston's acting fire chief has fired three firefighters, saying they were each culpable in an incident where a racial epithet was entered on an EMS report using an ambulance computer terminal. The head of the firefighters union called the firings a "travesty“ and said the department failed to determine who actually was responsible. A spokesman for Acting Fire ...
    Published over 7 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 ...
    Published over 7 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF Charged with Stealing Gear, Selling It On Ebay

    FF Charged with Stealing Gear, Selling It On Ebay
    SHEBOYGAN, WI - A former volunteer firefighter will make an initial court appearance today for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 worth of gear from the Town of Sheboygan Fire Department and auctioning it on eBay. Items reported stolen included two sets of fire gear, 15 pagers, 13 defibrillator batteries, two defibrillators, a dash-mounted two-way radio, a set of vehicle emergency lights ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Chief Scolded by Mayor for Hurtful Staff Meeting

    Chief Scolded by Mayor for Hurtful Staff Meeting
    HOUSTON - On the day that Houston firefighter Jane Draycott returned to Station 54 for the first time after accusing her colleagues of harassment, she was met by the fire chief, his command staff, a psychologist and at least a dozen coworkers for what the chief dubbed a “team building” session. Instead, according to Draycott, it turned into an “insulting” and ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building

    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Callers to 911 emergency officials in February told of seeing and hearing a fiery plane crash at an IRS office building in Austin, Texas and described a chaotic scene afterward with people running all around. Some callers were frantic and others remarkably calm in the 911 recordings released Monday by the Austin Police Department. "I'm calling about the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Houston Pushes for More Females to Join the Brotherhood

    Houston Pushes for More Females to Join the Brotherhood
    HOUSTON - Her small frame consumed by 60 pounds of firefighting gear, 18-year-old Andreina Rodriguez paused to steal a moment on the steps after escaping a burning building. Her expression masked by her helmet, Andreina quietly pumped her fists in the air. She was celebrating guts; that her grit had overpowered fear. Moments later, the sweat-soaked Sterling High teen freed her ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years

    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years
    BANGKOK (AP) - A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg. Bangkok's ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Georgia Firefighter Dies After Acute Heart Attack

    Georgia Firefighter Dies After Acute Heart Attack
    DODGE COUNTY, GA - While trying to clean up debris after severe weather tore through Dodge County, an area firefighter died from an acute heart attack. The firefighter, 42-year-old Jay C. Brown, was called out to cut down and remove trees that fell during recent storms on Friendship UMC road. At around 6:45pm Brown began feeling short of breath. He was ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Highest Ranking 9/11 Survivor Recounts that Fateful Day

    JOHNSTOWN — Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke Thursday night in Richland Township about how the events that day brought America closer together. Picciotto spoke to about 400 people during a fundraising dinner at Pitt-Johns-town for the benefit of the Richland Township Fire Department ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3