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    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine

    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine
    ROBESON, PA - Birdsboro and Robeson Township police departments received a shared crime scene vehicle that they hope will help increase efficiency. The 1991 Ford F-350, a former ambulance, was donated by Muhlenberg Township. Birdsboro Chief Theodore R. Roth said their methods of crime scene processing and emergency response were inefficient: Officers would pack whatever equipment they thought they might need ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Four-Legged Friend Rescued from Snowy Storm Drain by Firefighters

    Four-Legged Friend Rescued from Snowy Storm Drain by Firefighters
    LAUREL, Md. - Members from the Prince George's County Technical Rescue Team rescued a dog that fell 25 feet into a snow-covered storm drain. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the dog was rescued Tuesday afternoon at Clarke Avenue and Holly Street in Laurel. Brady says a snow plow had apparently dislodged a manhole cover. A Laurel resident nearly fell into ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Meltdown: Fire Hazards Cited at Nuclear Power Plant

    Meltdown: Fire Hazards Cited at Nuclear Power Plant
    Federal regulators warned the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday about "apparent violations" involving fire safety at the utility's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in north Alabama. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the findings don't pose an immediate safety risk but are urging TVA to fix the three-reactor plant, which suffered a nearly disastrous fire in 1975 and later had to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Killed in Motorcycle-Truck Crash

    Firefighter Killed in Motorcycle-Truck Crash
    WEST PHILADELPHIA - An off-duty firefighter was killed after the motorcycle he was on collided with another vehicle, police say. The firefighter has been identified as Odell Pommells, a 7-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department. At 6:27 p.m., Ladder 6, Medic 3 and Medic 34 responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Lancaster and Wyalusing avenues. There ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Camp Kids Witness FF Shocked by Power Lines

    Camp Kids Witness FF Shocked by Power Lines
    ST. CLOUD, FL - An Osceola County firefighter was hurt today at a demonstration for children at a summer camp. The man, whose name was not released, was putting equipment into a ladder truck when he came into contact with part of the apparatus as another firefighter raised the ladder, said Danny McAvoy, Osceola County deputy fire chief. The aluminum ladder ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack

    Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack
    YORK, PA - More than anything else, Joyce Farrington remembers her stepson as selfless. Since he was little, he naturally wanted to help people. Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co. President Douglas Farrington died Monday. Joyce Farrington, his stepmother, said officials told her Doug died from a massive heart attack. He would have been 45 in October. "Everybody in the world knew him," ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Retired Firefighter Wins $200K Lottery Prize

    Retired Firefighter Wins $200K Lottery Prize
    PORTSMOUTH - A retired firefighter has won a $200,000 lottery prize. Raynor Britt won the Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased for the Aug. 21 drawing, according to a news release from the Virginia Lottery. Britt matched the first five numbers using the birth dates of his four grandchildren, the release says. The winning numbers were 7, 10, 12, 22 ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos

    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos
    SACRAMENTO - For five minutes, it was like the hundreds of gas-leak calls before it. Then in a flash of blue, it turned into one of the worst calls in recent Sacramento Fire Department history. In an interview Friday with The Bee, Sacramento firefighter Dave Storck described how a routine call turned into a chaotic scene at an Oak Park home ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    GA Firefighters Rescue Toddler From Bank Vault

    GA Firefighters Rescue Toddler From Bank Vault
    CONYERS, GA - Firefighters worked ferociously for several hours last night to free a 14-month-old toddler who had wandered into Conyers, Ga., bank vault and became trapped. After pumping oxygen into the air-tight vault at the Wells Fargo bank in Conyers, rescue workers and a safe technician were able to reach the crying toddler, who was trapped for approximately four hours. ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns

    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns
    CENTRALIA, Pa. – Standing before the wreckage of his bulldozed home, John Lokitis Jr. felt sick to his stomach, certain that a terrible mistake had been made. He'd fought for years to stay in the house. It was one of the few left standing in the moonscape of Centralia, a once-proud coal town whose population fled an underground mine fire that ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Ex-Firefighter Who Killed Trooper Gets Death Penalty Again

    LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A former firefighter has again received the death penalty for the 2003 fatal shooting of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Comanche County District Judge Mark Smith announced the verdict Monday in the resentencing trial of Ricky Malone, who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the Dec. 26, 2003, killing of Trooper Nik Green. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    A Firefighter's Determination Can't Be Beat

    A Firefighter's Determination Can't Be Beat
    HOUSTON - One year ago, a Cy-Fair volunteer firefighter's life was changed forever. Thomas Shuster lost both of his legs at the hands of a suspected drunken driver. And now, he's telling us about the journey he's taken the past year and his hope for the future. Success comes in the small victories for Shuster. "I've realized that my life changed ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Off-Duty Bravest Rescues Boy, Dog from Home Engulfed in Flames

    Off-Duty Bravest Rescues Boy, Dog from Home Engulfed in Flames
    QUEENS, NY - Queens firefighter Robert Moore is only on the job two years, and he has already made a lifesaving rescue. And he did it alone, while off duty. Moore, 26, grabbed a 15-year-old boy and the teen's Lhasa apso dog from their smoke-engulfed home, getting them out a second-floor window as he perched on the top of a ladder. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    A Unique Rescue Situation

    A Unique Rescue Situation
    GRAND ISLAND, NE - With almost 30 classes packed into just three days during the 73rd annual Nebraska State Fire School in Grand Island, there simply wasn't time for every volunteer firefighter to take every course that was offered. That's why volunteer firefighters Aaron Pokorny of Madison and Chad Winkelbauer and Paul Leiting, both of Randolph, gathered at 4 p.m. Saturday ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving

    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving
    TULSA - The differences in how the police and firefighter budget negotiations played out in recent weeks could not be more stark. While firefighters and their leaders appeared open all along to working out a compromise beneficial to all, the police union leaders seemed hell-bent on getting their way, no matter the cost. By the weekend deadline, firefighters by an overwhelming ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide

    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide
    WASHINGTON - A D.C. fire engine crashed into a Metro bus in Northwest D.C. Wednesday, injuring 22 people - including four firefighters. The fire truck was on its way to help a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on 13th Street and Madison Street, when it struck the Metro bus on 14th Street just after 10:15 a.m. Eighteen people ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash

    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash
    CRYSTAL LAKE – He was a firefighter-in-training, but the Woodstock Fire Department still relied on Trent Steckel as a member of the crew. “We knew he would have had a very successful career in the fire service,” Chief Ralph Webster said. Steckel, 24, of Crystal Lake, was killed early Friday in a motorcycle crash. He was scheduled to work a shift ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Missing Georgia Firefighter's Body Finally Recovered

    GWINNET, GA - Searchers late Friday morning found the body of a Gwinnett County firefighter reported missing earlier this week. Late Thursday, David Carr's Jeep Wrangler was found parked at Leita Thompson Memorial Park on Woodstock Road in Roswell. [photo:161333] Searchers from several jurisdictions began combing the park before daybreak Friday, and several hours later found his body in a wooded ...
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    Firefighters Pluck Spaniel From Icy River

    Firefighters Pluck Spaniel From Icy River
    CAMBRIDGE - A 2-year-old springer spaniel is back with her owner today after falling into the icy Charles River and swimming in circles until she was rescued by Cambridge firefighters using a surfboard. Firefighters were dispatched to the area near Magazine Beach around 1:30 p.m. Monday, where the dog, Maggie, had left her owner’s side to chase geese, said the department’s ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5