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    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'

    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'
    SEATTLE - With the first floor of her home in flames, Helen Gebregiorgis rushed upstairs to alert her sister and five young children as the smoke alarm blared. Gebregiorgis grabbed her 5-year-old niece, Samarah Smith, and dashed downstairs, believing the others were behind her. They weren't. Driven back by the heat and flames, her sons Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, and Yaseen Shamam, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes

    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes
    ASHLAND, Ore. — Families looked for valuables, pets and mementoes Wednesday in the ashes of 11 homes destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire while a homeless man accused of starting the blaze sat in jail. John Thiry, 40, was arrested at 3 a.m. under a freeway ramp and charged with 11 counts of reckless endangerment and 11 counts of reckless burning, authorities ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash

    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash
    TULSA - A paramedic had to be taken to the hospital herself after being hit by a Jeep while responding to an accident near 51st and Harvard. It happened early Friday morning. It started with an accident in the intersection in which the driver of a car t-boned a minivan. While investigators were attempting to move the car and minivan out ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?

    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?
    KING COUNTY, WA - A King County judge said Friday that the "mental picture" she envisioned of a Seattle firefighter awarded $12.75 million for injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall didn't square with secretly shot video later showing him chopping wood and performing other activities. But Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead also sharply questioned a request by attorneys for the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighter Facing Charges for Mishandling Pipe Bomb

    Firefighter Facing Charges for Mishandling Pipe Bomb
    SALISBURY, N.H. -- Police said a volunteer firefighter in Salisbury is facing a criminal charge for mishandling a pipe bomb. Police said on March 16, Walter Scott Jr. called them about a suspicious device he claimed to have found in Franklin and then brought back to a garage at his property on Old Turnpike Road. The state police bomb squad used ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Exploding Ammo Hinders Firefighter Efforts

    Exploding Ammo Hinders Firefighter Efforts
    PERTH AMBOY -- Exploding ammunition in a burning central New Jersey home hindered firefighters Monday. Authorities said firefighters couldn't battle the flames inside the two-story home Monday until they were certain all the ammo had cooled down. Firefighters initially directed water from the outside through a second floor window. A man who lived in the home with his mother was treated ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty

    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty
    SPRING HILL, FL — Spring Hill Fire Rescue Chief Mike Rampino said Thursday that he's looking into allegations that on-duty firefighters attended parties where alcohol was served earlier this year and that intoxicated women were allowed on fire station property. The allegations were made at Wednesday's district fire board meeting by Ridge Manor resident Rob Rogoski, who presented commissioners with about ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter

    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter
    VANDENBERG, CA - At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25, the five-day search for Sean Daniel Fleming was suspended, according to officials in a press release. On Saturday, June 19, Fleming — a 32 year-old Vandenberg firefighter from Lompoc — parked his vehicle at Gaviota State Beach and took his kayak out into the ocean to fish. When Fleming failed to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    FF Fights Fire, Learns Brother Killed In Same Flames

    SELDEN, N.Y. — A Long Island firefighter says he had a bad feeling as he rushed to a house fire. It claimed the life of a visitor — his brother. Selden volunteer Richie Zdenek tells Newsday that he knew when he saw the fire address Sunday that his brother was often at that house. Before he left home, he checked his ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Medical Helicopter Crash Kills Three

    Medical Helicopter Crash Kills Three
    BROWNSVILLE, TN. - A medical helicopter crashed in stormy weather over western Tennessee early Thursday, killing its crew of three, around the same time another helicopter company had declined to go on a flight in the area because of the weather conditions. No patients were on board the helicopter operated by Hospital Wing when it crashed in a field about 55 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighter Killed In Accidental Shooting

    Firefighter Killed In Accidental Shooting
    ANCHORAGE - Police on Wednesday identified the man killed in an apparently accidental shooting Tuesday as a 26-year-old Anchorage firefighter. Police say Elliott Taylor and a friend had just returned from shooting and were cleaning their weapons Tuesday evening when the friend's handgun fired a round that went through his hand and hit Taylor in the lower abdomen. Neighbor Kurt Spencer ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Two Visiting FFs Beaten Outside of NY Bar

    Two Visiting FFs Beaten Outside of NY Bar
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they have identified at least two people suspected of jumping out of a van and beat two visiting Canadian firefighters outside an upstate New York bar. Police in Saratoga Springs say the two firefighters from Ontario were talking to two women in a minivan stopped at a downtown intersection outside an Irish pub early ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    More Than One Year Later, Fire Victim Remains Unidentified

    More Than One Year Later, Fire Victim Remains Unidentified
    LOS ANGELES - Halfway up an embankment, below the junction of the 210 and 118 freeways, lay the charcoal remains of a man's life: charred newspapers and encyclopedias, a seared carpet, food cans popped open by intense heat. It was more than a year ago that gusty winds drove a wildfire from the canyons above Sylmar and down to the freeway ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Roof Collapse Sends Four Responders to Hospital

    ROCKVILLE, Md.-- Four firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire on Wilmart Street in Rockville Wednesday night. The fire broke out on the 1700 block of Wilmart Street at around 7:25 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt. "Three of the four firefighters will ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    FF Stabbed On Duty; Hunt On for Suspect

    FF Stabbed On Duty; Hunt On for Suspect
    LOS ANGELES - A firefighter is recovering from several stab wounds after being attacked while responding to a medical emergency. The knife wielding attacker remains at large. Charles MacDougal was recently named paramedic of the year. He was set to receive that honor Thursday at the very hospital where he was rushed today. Tuesday, MacDougal came to the emergency room as ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years

    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years
    BANGKOK (AP) - A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg. Bangkok's ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray

    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray
    PORTLAND - A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer said the officer was at a stoplight at Southwest 12th Avenue and Yamhill Street when she saw a man in flames. When the officer went to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Woman Set Fatal Fire In Bid for Man's Attention

    Woman Set Fatal Fire In Bid for Man's Attention
    WAYNE COUNTY, TX - Susan Marie Bates told state police she wanted to get boyfriend Timothy Wood's attention when she wrapped herself in a Dallas Cowboys fleece and set the blanket ablaze. The fire was the third that Ms. Bates is accused of setting Saturday afternoon at the rented home she and Mr. Wood shared in Wayne County's Texas Twp. Mr. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3

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