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    Jury Finds Former Firefighter Guilty of 'Murder-for-Hire'

    James Kornhardt shook his head and whispered to his attorney. "I can't believe it," he said Monday, moments after a federal jury in St. Louis convicted him and a close friend, Steven Mueller, of murder. Across the courtroom, the family of Danny Coleman's wept and then hugged prosecutors. The scene ended a nearly 18-year investigation into a murder plot that broke ...
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    Oil Containment Efforts Halted After Lightning Strike Causes Fire on BP Ship

    GULF OF MEXICO - Things actually can get worse in the Gulf of Mexico. A fire believed to be caused by a lightning bolt forced the shutdown Tuesday of an oil-capturing system near the gushing Gulf oil well, BP said. The fire aboard the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise was spotted around 9:30 a.m. Although it was quickly extinguished without injuries, the ...
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    After Years of Service to Others; FF Needs Help

    After Years of Service to Others; FF Needs Help
    BOWER HILL, PA - Bryan Pritchard of Collier has been a volunteer with the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Scott for a half-dozen years, giving his time and talents to his community. Now the community can return the favor. A candidate for a kidney and pancreas transplant, Mr. Pritchard, 38, is waiting for the organs to become available. He has ...
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    Deputy Fire Chief Alleges Sex Discrimination

    Deputy Fire Chief Alleges Sex Discrimination
    HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The top-ranking female member of the High Point Fire Department has accused City Manager Strib Boynton of gender discrimination by denying her a promotion. Deputy Chief Martha Younts told the City Council Monday she filed a grievance with the city against Boynton, arguing that her qualifications, education and experience exceed those of recently-appointed Interim Chief Lee Knight, ...
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    Massive 5-Alarm Fire Tests Brooklyn's Bravest

    Massive 5-Alarm Fire Tests Brooklyn's Bravest
    BROOKLYN - A massive five-alarm Brooklyn factory fire, spewing smoke that could been seen for miles, was still burning more than 24 hours after it started. About 200 firefighters fought the flames that first engulfed the Rosewood Inc. kitchen cabinet factory in Bushwick at 6 p.m. Thursday, fire officials said. Dark smoke poured from the Evergreen Ave. warehouse overnight, and intense ...
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    Firefighting Nightshift Poses Unseen Dangers

    Firefighting Nightshift Poses Unseen Dangers
    EAGAR, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighter Jay Walter knows the sounds of danger in the pitch black of night — the crackling of burning embers, the whoosh of flames whipped by wind, the hair-raising thump of a burned tree hammering down on the forest floor. The 32-year-old from the Phoenix area is a division crew supervisor overseeing hundreds of firefighters working the ...
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    Wildfire Threatens Nuclear Weapons Lab

    Wildfire Threatens Nuclear Weapons Lab
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire has broken out in New Mexico and forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site Monday as residents nearby evacuate their homes. The fire has grown to 3,500 acres, or 5.4 square miles, since it started at around 1 p.m. on Sunday about 12 miles southwest of the town ...
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    Kanses Looking for Firefighter Calendar Models

    TOPEKA | The Kansas Firefighters Museum is looking for candidates for its first calendar. The Kansas Firefighter Calendar, 2011 edition, needs firefighters to pose for photos. Proceeds from the calendar will support the organization's Coats for Kids Project and the museum's expansion in Wichita. Any Kansas fireman — active duty, volunteer or retired — is encouraged to submit a photo calendar ...
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    FFs Work to Extinguish Boat's Blaze; One Injured

    FFs Work to Extinguish Boat's Blaze; One Injured
    WEST PALM BEACH - A 70-foot pleasure craft returning from the Bahamas caught fire early this morning and pulled into Rybovich Marina at 45th Street and Flagler Drive, where emergency crews responded. The fire was brought under control. Up to 35 firefighters were on the scene, according to authorities. One West Palm Beach firefighter received slight injuries to his upper hand; ...
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    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear

    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear
    SACRAMENTO - The four firefighters injured in an apparent gas explosion at a Sacramento home last week were not wearing crucial protective gear, the Sacramento Fire Department confirmed. Firefighters David Storck, Scott McKinney, Jeff Coats and Mike Feyh lacked protective gloves and were not wearing department-issued protective masks when they approached an Oak Park home on July 5 after neighbors reported ...
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    Three Hurt in Fire Truck Collision

    Three Hurt in Fire Truck Collision
    WASHINGTON — Three people are seriously hurt after a crash involving a fire truck in downtown Washington. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says a fire truck responding to a fire at a library at George Washington University was involved in a crash with two other vehicles at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Three people in the two cars were ...
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    Firefighters Credit Equipment, Training for Surviving Explosion

    TEMPE, AZ - The flash and explosion that smashed windows, hurled doors and threw people several feet in Tempe on Saturday was one of the worst nightmares firefighters face. In days gone by, the back-draft-driven blaze that caused a flash and explosion in a 1940s house on South Mill Avenue could have spelled disaster. But with today's equipment and training programs, ...
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    Witnesses Told Cops Man Discussed NH Fire

    CONCORD, N.H.—New information released Thursday in a quadruple murder case shows that at least nine people told Keene police after the 1989 fire that the man now charged in the case either threatened to burn down the apartment building or bragged that he had done it. One key witness, however, stonewalled the investigation by refusing to give a sworn statement and ...
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    Controlled Burn May Have Ended Gulfport Fire

    GULFPORT, Miss. -- A brush fire that kept reigniting for two days along Duckworth Road may have come to an end, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said. The Mississippi Forestry Commission conducted a back-burn along the roadside Friday afternoon, leaving little or no dry vegetation left to catch fire. The brush fire started Thursday on the south side of Duckworth between U.S. ...
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    Flames Explode from New York Manhole

    Flames Explode from New York Manhole
    NEW YORK - A buildup of carbon monoxide under a Midtown street caused an underground fire and a manhole explosion Tuesday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of four buildings near Times Square, the authorities said. The explosion occurred at 4:30 p.m. outside of 226 West 52nd Street, the Novotel Hotel. No one was injured, but the hotel and three other buildings were ...
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    Church That Fed Florida's Homeless Destroyed by Fire

    HUDSON, Fla. -- A Florida church dedicated to feeding the homeless has been destroyed in a fire. Fire rescue crews were called to the Lakeview Baptist Church in Hudson, about 45 miles north of Tampa, on Tuesday. Flames were shooting from the roof and the nearest hydrant was six blocks away. Forty firefighters battled the flames, which took about an hour ...
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    Second Fired FF Wins Back His Job

    DEKALB COUNTY, GA - A second DeKalb County firefighter dismissed after a fatal Dunwoody fire has won back his job, WSB-TV is reporting. A hearing officer ruled for William Jeffrey Greene when he appealed his termination last week, according to reports. Greene was one of the five firefighters fired when a blaze killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, hours after the firemen responded ...
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    Man Loses Hand Trying to Make Larger, Stronger Homemade Firework

    KANSAS CITY - A man is believed to have blown off his hand when a homemade firework exploded while he and another man were trying to make a stronger one. The explosion happened about 10:50 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Southeast Third Street in Blue Springs. Police had received a report saying that several people were injured. When Blue ...
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    Firefighter Hurt Battling Chatsworth Commercial Blaze

    A firefighter was injured early Tuesday battling an intense blaze that destroyed most of an import business housed in a commercial building in Chatsworth, officials said. Firefighters responded to an alarm at 12:15 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Bey-Berk International in the 9600 block of Cozycroft Avenue. By the time co-owner Kurken Berksanlar arrived about ...
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    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate

    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate
    On January 22nd, Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in the Senate. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to classify automatic fire sprinkler systems as 5-year property for purposes of depreciation. The bill, S. 2947, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Both Senator Carper and Senator ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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