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    Firefighter Rescues Boy, 8, From Upstate NY Pond

    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. — A volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving the life of an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice on an upstate New York pond. Police say Joshua Baker broke through the ice Wednesday evening at a pond in Fort Edward, on the Hudson River 45 miles north of Albany. Authorities say assistant fire chief Benjamin ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Face Losing 30 Percent Pay; Possible Layoffs

    HAVERHILL — The new year started unhappily for the 29 Haverhill firefighters accused of lying to obtain their emergency medical technician recertifications. On Friday, Mayor James Fiorentini notified the firefighters named last year by the state as participants in the EMT training scandal that they face unpaid suspensions and possibly even losing their jobs. Fire Chief Richard Borden has recommended the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Father Killed In Apartment Blaze Was Training to Become a Firefighter

    Father Killed In Apartment Blaze Was Training to Become a Firefighter
    SEATTLE - The father who was killed in a New Year's morning blaze was training to become a firefighter and had recently passed his initial firefighting tests, says the manager of the apartments where he died. David Thompson, 32, who was killed in the apartment fire along with his four sons, also worked as a maintenance assistant at the apartment complex ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    FF Resigns After Setting Co-Worker On Fire

    FF Resigns After Setting Co-Worker On Fire
    APOPKA, Fla. -- A central Florida firefighter has resigned after being charged with setting a co-worker on fire during a Christmas party last month. Apopka police say 44-year-old Jason Leblanc has been charged with arson and arson resulting in the injury of another. Police say Leblanc was at a Christmas party Dec. 18 when he poured lighter fluid on 25-year-old Jack ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages

    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages
    GARY, Ind. — A furloughed Gary firefighter has turned to panhandling to support his family. Gary Pickering is one of 34 firefighters the city laid off last week. The 34-year-old married father of four man has been wearing his turnout gear while he solicits donations from passersby in downtown Gary. He tells The Times of Munster that he receives only $350 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Retired Firefighter Hits Casino Jackpot, Wins Millions

    Retired Firefighter Hits Casino Jackpot, Wins Millions
    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – A retired firefighter from San Leandro won big when he visited a local casino this week. Dale Valentine was making one of his regular visits to Twin Pine Casino in Middletown on Tuesday when he hit a jackpot of approximately $8,430,301.44 on a statewide California Megabucks slot machine. “Our tribe has been committed to providing great success in ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +8
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    9/11 First Responder Stole More Than $1 Million

    9/11 First Responder Stole More Than $1 Million
    NEW YORK - A 9/11 hero-turned-tax-cheat pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $1.3 million in business taxes from the government. Ex-firefighter Thomas Casatelli, who runs The Kettle Black in Bay Ridge, admitted to swindling the city and state out of five years worth of taxes by filing false returns and paying most of his employees off-the-books. He will serve 90 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Iraq Veteran Bypassed As Firefighter Candidate

    The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved six new additions to the permanent firefighter reserve list at their Dec. 16 meeting. All full-time, active firefighters must be appointed to this reserve list to get a job with the Somerville Fire Department. Missing from the lineup, however, was the most prominent would-be Somerville firefighter: Iraq veteran Sean O'Brien. Over the summer, O'Brien successfully ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    DC Firefighter Shot While Off-Duty

    WASHINGTON, DC - The off-duty D.C. firefighter who was shot early Wednesday morning is a 25-year-old man who has been with the department for six years, according to authorities. He has been on leave without pay since March 2010, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for D.C. Fire/EMS. Piringer did not say why he was placed on leave. The shooting happened sometime before ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest

    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
    BANGOR, ME — Capt. John Prentiss, a 23-year Bangor Fire Department veteran, says he hangs out with angels. Those angels are the four medically trained firefighters who worked with him on Sunday and brought him back from the dead. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss, 55, said Wednesday while sitting in his Dedham ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI

    Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI
    MADISON, S.D. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter in Madison has been convicted of driving a fire truck while drunk over Labor Day weekend. Jurors on Wednesday deliberated about 45 minutes before finding 43-year-old Scott Johnson guilty of driving under the influence. Johnson was arrested following a false alarm call. A police officer tested Johnson's blood-alcohol level as being just over the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Ex-EMT Admits to Posting Corpse Photos on Facebook

    Ex-EMT Admits to Posting Corpse Photos on Facebook
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Martha and Ronald Wimmer kissed and embraced in court yesterday after a former emergency medical technician admitted he posted a photo of their murdered daughter's corpse on the Internet last year. And while Mark Musarella, 47, must surrender his EMT license and perform 200 hours of community service, the couple was pained that the Oakwood Beach resident ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs

    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs
    It's a mistake that could have cost the city a four million dollar hole in the budget, but today Mayor Linda Thompson says she has a solution. Firefighters jobs are saved. Thanks to an idea to sell parcels of land that several parking garages sit on. The mayor says the money from the sale will solve the firefighter problem and the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Two Firefighters Injured In Explosive Flashover

    Two Firefighters Injured In Explosive Flashover
    Two Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company firefighers were admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after what might have been a "flashover" at a fire they were working to control Wednesday night, according to officials. A family of four also was displaced by the blaze at 2407 12th St. in the township, fire Chief Jamie Hauze said. Hauze did not release the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fallout Over Suspended Firefighter's Continued Pay

    Fallout Over Suspended Firefighter's Continued Pay
    WASHINGTON - There is more fallout tonight from a FOX 5 investigation into a D.C. firefighter who has been on the payroll for the last three and a half years, but has not worked a day. By some estimates, taxpayers have paid a quarter of a million dollars while D.C. Fire and EMS sits on her case. On Wednesday, there was ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Salt Lake City FFs Rescue One of Their Own

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City fire captain found himself on the other end of a rescue operation Saturday night, and he credits the fast actions of his colleagues with saving his life. Capt. Steve Hoffman had finished Saturday dinner when he began feeling ill. His eyes watered, his tongue felt like it was swelling. He was beginning to ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rescuer Falls Through Ice Trying to Reach Dog

    ORLAND, Ind. — Crews had to pull a firefighter to safety after he fell through the ice while trying to reach a dog from a northeastern Indiana lake. Orland firefighters were called Sunday by the owners of the dog after it walked onto the half-inch ice of Lake Pleasant and fell in. Firefighter Mike Garrison inched out while wearing full rescue ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Mail Carrier Honored for Putting Out Fire on Route

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Cedar Rapids mail carrier has been honored for putting out a fire in an apartment building on her route. Angie Martin was presented a certificate by Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Stephen Reid Monday. Reid says Martin prevented the fire from spreading and calls her actions "monumental." The Gazette says the 35-year-old Martin was delivering mail Nov. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    'Ladder 49' Pays Proper Tribute to Baltimore's Bravest

    'Ladder 49' Pays Proper Tribute to Baltimore's Bravest
    BALTIMORE - I was on leave when it opened, but after the harrowing events of the last 24 hours the next movie on my rental list is "Ladder 49." This salute to Baltimore's firefighters left Roger Ebert "thoughtful and sad" and "surprisingly affected." Stephanie Zacharek, then at Salon, admired "the way it suggests the texture of a firefighter's daily routine. We ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1

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