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    EMT Couple Injured by Assault Suspect

    NIAGARA FALLS—Niagara Falls couple working as Rural/Metro emergency medical technicians were injured Wednesday morning as they attempted to remove a highly intoxicated woman from her home, police said. Garry and Sara Bluhm attempted to carry the woman downstairs from an upper bedroom after she refused to walk, police said, but the woman resisted, pushing Garry Bluhm into a railing and punching ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Baby Frozen After Surgery Complications Makes Miracle Recovery

    A baby who suffered complications following an intricate heart operation made a miraculous recovery after he was FROZEN for four days. Medics were astounded when 16-week-old Finley Burton pulled through after he was put on an external pacemaker and frozen to stop any shivering disturbing the device. They made the unusual decision to lower his body temperature to just 33.4C as ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    New 911 Program Could Ease Crowded ERs

    New 911 Program Could Ease Crowded ERs
    LOUISVILLE - Hoping to ease crowded emergency rooms and trim ambulance runs, Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has launched a program that aims to screen low-priority calls and divert patients from hospitals into more appropriate health care. Under the program, which started April 19, a small number of the lowest priority calls — such as those for an earache or ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements

    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements
    SPRINGFIELD - As the Springfield Fire Department prepares to fill some positions that have been frozen for a year, it is changing eligibility requirements to broaden the pool of candidates. Applicants for this summer's Fire Training Academy are now eligible if they meet one of the following qualifications: • Emergency Medical Technician-B certification; • Firefighter I and II certification; • 36 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    Staten Island Thug Arrested After Punching Firefighter, Sister

    Staten Island Thug Arrested After Punching Firefighter, Sister
    STATEN ISLAND, NY - A shoeless Staten Island thug was busted Thursday after he punched his sister in the face and then socked a firefighter who came to her aid, police and fire sources said. Anthony Valentine, 24, choked his sister and then clocked her "in the face with a closed fist" across from the firehouse for the FDNY's Engine 157/Ladder ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    30 FFs, 200 Paramedics Get EMT Licenses Suspended

    30 FFs, 200 Paramedics Get EMT Licenses Suspended
    HAVERHILL — State public health officials have suspended the licenses of 207 emergency medical technicians and paramedics across Massachusetts because they were involved in falsifying training records. That number includes 30 Haverhill firefighters and 35 Trinity EMS ambulance workers, the state said. The suspensions will take effect July 1. Most will be for nine months, but a smaller number will last ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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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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    Two Firefighters Killed in Highway Car Crash

    Two Firefighters Killed in Highway Car Crash
    CHARLOTTE - Two members of the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Squad were killed Sunday in a two-car crash in McDowell County. The victims were returning from McDowell Fire and Rescue College, where they had attended a weekend firefighting seminar, according to the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Squad. The victims were identified as Jeremy Bolick, 23, and Tommy Wright, 20. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later

    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later
    CHARLESTON, SC - A solemn, subdued memorial is planned for Friday evening to mark the third anniversary of the Sofa Super Store blaze that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firefighters. The Savannah Highway site of the deadly fire will be open for people to pay their respects. Firefighters and families of the fallen will go first, in a private session ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Impassable Road Thwarts First Responder Rescue Attempt

    Impassable Road Thwarts First Responder Rescue Attempt
    LEWISTOWN — Lewistown Fire Chief John Spotloe said an inaccessible road thwarted firefighters who responded to a barn fire Wednesday. "When we turned onto Otto Road we were met with a big orange sign which said 'Road Closed,' " Spotloe said after fire destroyed a barn at the Jewel Bucy residence, 7601 N. Otto Road. Jewel and Janis Bucy lost their ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests

    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests
    BOSTON - A labor arbitration panel has ruled that Boston firefighters must submit to random drug and alcohol testing in exchange for a 19 percent raise over four years, a significant bump that will dwarf the pay increases for other city unions. The decision, released yesterday after a bitter four-year standoff, is largely a victory for the firefighters, who the city ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Surviving the Flames; Two Heroes Tell their Tale

    Surviving the Flames; Two Heroes Tell their Tale
    MODESTO - After 24 years of fighting fires, Jim Adams had become an expert with the hook. So on New Year's night, with fire raging in the garage of a home on Modesto's Coston Avenue, the 46-year-old Modesto fire engineer climbed onto the roof and began prodding away. He used the rakelike tool to confirm structural stability, looking for the best ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Competing In Combat Challenge at US Air Force Academy This Weekend

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters from Colorado and elsewhere are expected to compete in the "Rumble in the Rockies" contest at the Air Force Academy this weekend. The event Saturday and Sunday is one of a series called the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Vail is scheduled to hold a competition in August. Firefighters compete in five events designed to test ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps

    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps
    Last week, firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue and the International Association of Firefighters Local 3169 conducted their annual Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For three days, firefighters from 24 stations manned intersections across the county, offering their boots to be filled with cash and coins from passing motorists. According to Orlando MDA Executive Director, Brittany Lara, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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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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    Veteran Charged With Assaulting Off-Duty Firefighter

    BUFORD, GA — A Vietnam veteran in still incarcerated after an incident where he fired a handgun and assaulted an off-duty firefighter with a walking cane outside of his Buford home Thursday. The man, who police said is considered “50 percent mentally disabled” and possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reportedly fired his semi-automatic pistol in order to get the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1

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