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    Judge: Seattle Firefighter's Whistle-Blower Suit Can Go To Trial

    A judge on Friday denied a request by city lawyers to throw out a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a high-ranking Seattle firefighter who alleges that he was the victim of workplace retaliation for exposing an ethics scandal in the Fire Marshal's Office. After a nearly three-hour hearing on Friday, King Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden ruled that Jim Woodbury's civil suit ...
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    Firefighter Suspended Amid Hit-and-Run Probe

    Firefighter Suspended Amid Hit-and-Run Probe
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City firefighter suspected in a fatal hit-and-run has been placed on administrative duty while authorities investigate the incident. Investigators were trying to determine if the firefighter was behind the wheel of the car when it struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn on Sunday. They said Patrick Quagliariello walked into a Brooklyn precinct hours ...
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    Former FF Sentenced to 3-10 Years for Arson

    Former FF Sentenced to 3-10 Years for Arson
    DOVER, N.H.—A former New Hampshire firefighter is going to prison for at least three years after pleading guilty to setting a series of fires. Forty-four-year-old Stark Liedtke of Alton had pleaded guilty to three charges that he set fires on Berry Road in New Durham in 2006 and 2007. He also pleaded guilty to eight other arson-related charges. In court Tuesday, ...
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    Boston Firefighters Agree to Postponed Raises

    Boston Firefighters Agree to Postponed Raises
    BOSTON - The Boston firefighters’ union offered an 11th-hour contract concession on wages yesterday to the City Council, a dramatic twist that appeared to significantly improve the chances that councilors will approve a controversial arbitration award. Councilors hailed what they called an unprecedented move by Edward A. Kelly, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 718, who made the ...
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    Firefighter Jailed in Haiti Has "Tender Heart"

    Firefighter Jailed in Haiti Has "Tender Heart"
    TOPEKA - Those who attend church with Topeka firefighter Drew Culberth said they believed that his group of Baptist missionaries had the best of intentions when it tried to take children out of quake-ravaged Haiti. In fact, said the Rev. James Keller, pastor of Topeka’s Bethel Baptist Church, the group had tried to get the correct paperwork. In an e-mail from ...
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    Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders

    Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders
    JERSEY CITY, NJ - A four-alarm fire ripped through two Jersey City buildings yesterday afternoon, displacing eight families and injuring six firefighters, fire officials said. Called to a six-family building three and a half stories tall at 50 Belmont Ave. at 3:03 p.m., firefighters found that the adjacent two-family house at 48 Belmont Ave. was also engulfed in flames with heavy ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Presumed Dead After Personal Watercraft Accident

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The Missouri State Water Patrol is investigating what’s presumed to be a fatal accident this evening involving a personal watercraft on Longview Lake. The watercraft collided with a deck boat, killing the man on the watercraft, officials said. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. near the Longview Lake Beach. The victim, a Kansas City firefighter believed to ...
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    Baltimore Union Blames Serious Injury on Budget Cuts

    Baltimore Union Blames Serious Injury on Budget Cuts
    One firefighter was in serious condition after falling from a second-story window at an apartment fire in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday. The union has blamed the injury on budget cuts which has caused a rotating closure of firehouses. The firefighter, who also had burns to both hands, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. ...
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    Over 50 San Jose Firefighters Set to be Laid Off

    SAN JOSE, CA - More than 50 San Jose firefighters were set to lose their jobs in a matter of hours Thursday night as the city struggled to close an $118 million budget gap. Firefighters were also upset because the city may drastically change the way labor contract disputes are resolved. Mayor Chuck Reed had a polite but tense meeting with ...
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    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His

    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His
    FORT WORTH, TX - An off-duty Fort Worth firefighter was seriously injured when a man drove a stolen pickup into his vehicle Sunday morning, authorities said. Mark Puente, 25, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition following the 11:05 a.m. wreck in the 5600 block of Bryant Irvin Road near Southwest Loop 820, officials said. The driver of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Injured in Plastics Fire

    Firefighter Injured in Plastics Fire
    CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK - A firefighter is in a stable condition in hospital after being injured while attending an incident in Cambridgeshire earlier. More than 30 firefighters were called to Eco Aegis Services Ltd plastics yard in Hook Lane, Wimblington. It involved about 50 tonnes of plastic and spread to a heavy goods vehicle. It was extinguished by about 1320 GMT. Cambridgeshire ...
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    CT Firefighters' Funerals to Draw Thousands

    BRIDGEPORT -- Police and fire officials on Wednesday were finalizing plans meant to avoid gridlock on city streets and Interstate 95 Friday with thousands of people expected to descend upon the city for the funerals of two fallen firefighters, as well as the annual Gathering of the Vibes. As many as 10,000 firefighters from across the nation and Canada are expected ...
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    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign

    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A pedestrian is hit and injured by a car every eight minutes, federal officials say. Local leaders are now out to stifle that trend. A local effort to cut down on the amount of pedestrians injured and killed in accidents kicked off in Silver Spring Tuesday with a sobering demonstration. The Street Smart campaign is a joint ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NJ Firefighters Start Paying For Pensions, Health Care

    NJ Firefighters Start Paying For Pensions, Health Care
    TRENTON - A law reducing pension and health care benefits for police and firefighters will go into effect today after a state judge Thursday refused to block it. Unions representing police and firefighters argued that the changes improperly infringe upon the collective bargaining process. They also said the requirement to contribute 1.5 percent of their salary to health care constitutes a ...
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    FF Faces Charges After Disciplining Teen With Belt

    NEW HAVEN — A city firefighter faces felony charges for allegedly striking his 14-year-old stepson with a belt during a heated domestic argument. The young man called police. Dawud Amin, 35, was arrested May 24 after police responded to his home on Norton Street. According to a police report, Amin and his stepson argued over a Bluetooth device that Amin suspected ...
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    Firefighters Battle Limestone Restaurant Fire On Fish Fry Night

    Firefighters Battle Limestone Restaurant Fire On Fish Fry Night
    ELKMONT, Ala. — An out-of-control grease fire ended Friday fish night at Country Boys' Cafe after flames engulfed the 3-month-old business, burning the restaurant to the ground, authorities said. Five employees and two diners safely escaped the business at 28941 Alabama 127 after grease from a fish fryer on the back patio caught fire shortly before 5:20 p.m. Elkmont Police Chief ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors

    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors
    SEATTLE - The city of Seattle's attempt to overturn a $12.75 million judgment awarded to a former firefighter — using secretly shot video of the man chopping wood and playing horseshoes and bocce ball — unfairly distorts the actual injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall, his lawyers said in court papers filed Friday. Lawyers for Mark Jones argued that he ...
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    Fire Destroys Former Fire Chief's Home

    The home of a former Moseleyville fire chief was destroyed Monday morning, in a three-alarm blaze that required manpower from the Daviess County Fire Department and five volunteer fire departments. The fire, at the Ashbyburg Road home of former Moseleyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Chandler was reported at 2:06 a.m. Scott Smith, current chief of the Moseleyville Fire Department, said ...
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    FL Firefighters Train in Underground Rescue

    FL Firefighters Train in Underground Rescue
    BOCA RATON, FL — They brought out pulleys, hoists, straps and boards. The group of Boca Raton firefighters pretended to rescue injured workers stuck in underground pipes. "You're going to take the guy and strap him on here," said private instructor Kevin Mullen as he demonstrated on a plastic board. Tuesday was the second day of training for 17 Boca Raton ...
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    Firefighters, Cops Boost Donations to the Troops

    FAIRFIELD, CT -- Maureen Janda was waiting until the collection box in the lobby at Fairfield police headquarters was full to make a delivery to Give2TheTroops. About a week and a half ago, Janda, secretary to the deputy chief, walked in and saw that the box not only was full, but overflowing. Turns out that Fairfield firefighters had done some shopping ...
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