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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 7 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters

    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters
    A representative for the city in contentious firefighter contract talks accused an arbitrator of pulling an 11th hour “about-face” in awarding raises - a claim the union angrily rejected last night. Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, a member of the team that was negotiating a deal between Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Firefighters Local 718, fired off a harshly worded letter ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion

    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion
    BERLIN — A 650-foot ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea on Saturday after an explosion on the upper deck, officials said. Firefighting ships stopped spraying the vessel, fearing that it would capsize and spill around 170 tons of fuel. There were 204 passengers and 32 crew members who were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    4 Firefighters Hurt in Mass. Fire Engine Crash

    4 Firefighters Hurt in Mass. Fire Engine Crash
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) ― Four Framingham firefighters have suffered minor injuries after their fire engine crashed and rolled over. The fire truck was returning from a call when the driver hit a pole before rolling over onto an Edgell Road front yard. The firemen were taken to a local hospital for treatment. A fireman who answered the phone at the station, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Women Leaves Hospital, Finds House Burned Down

    Women Leaves Hospital, Finds House Burned Down
    Fayetteville, N.C. — A woman who had been in the hospital for three days returned to her Apache Drive home this morning only to discover it had been destroyed by fire. A neighbor in the Fairlane Acres Mobile Home Park notified firefighters about 6 a.m. that heavy smoke was coming from the trailer, said Hieu Sifford, a battalion commander with the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    VIDEO: Alaska Wildfire Eats Up Over 700 acres

    VIDEO: Alaska Wildfire Eats Up Over 700 acres
    Fairbanks -- Hot, dry and windy weather stoked Alaska's first large wildfire of the season from a quarter-acre blaze north of Fairbanks on Friday afternoon to more than 700 acres of burning hillside by Saturday, fire officials said. The Moose Mountain Fire ignited near the well-populated Goldstream area, but it was burning away from residential areas on Saturday, according to the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover

    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover
    JOLIET, IL - Republic Avenue was shut down Thursday afternoon as a Dumpster fire spread into a nearby building. The blaze was reported around 12:45 p.m. on the south end of 251 Republic. Formerly a large paint store, the building now houses Joliet Economy Furniture in the front, with a performance auto shop, medical technology company and electrical contractor under the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood

    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood
    SAN BRUNO, CA -- With a thunderous roar heard for miles, a natural gas line explosion ripped through a San Bruno neighborhood Thursday evening, sending up a geyser of fire that killed at least one person and injured more than 20 others, and igniting a blaze that destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more, authorities said. The wind-whipped blaze leaped from ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire

    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire
    HARDYSTON — Ice, snow and a lack of water did not deter local firefighters from putting out a house fire on the shores of Beaver Lake Wednesday night. The first two fire trucks were stuck on icy private roads leading up to the single-story house, so firefighters hauled hoses some 300 yards through snowdrifts to the blaze, according to Frank Lacatena, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Dozens of Camden Firefighters Rally Around City Hall

    Dozens of Camden Firefighters Rally Around City Hall
    CAMDEN — More than 40 city firefighters and police officers rallied around city hall this morning, demanding Mayor Dana Redd bring back some of the laid-off public safety employees that were let go earlier this year, according to a report on Philly.com. The protest was organized over the weekend, after a firefighter was burned in a house fire Friday night. Union ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Ford Donates $75,000 for L.A. County Fire's Fallen Firefighter Families

    Ford Donates $75,000 for L.A. County Fire's Fallen Firefighter Families
    Los Angeles, Calif. – Ford Motor Company presented the Los Angeles County Fire Department with a $75,000 donation on Tuesday to honor the firefighters’ Widows and Orphans Fund. The donation stems from Ford’s fundraising efforts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December where Ford representatives and local firefighters were on hand to educate the public on fire safety and related ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good

    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good
    DAYTONA BEACH -- A city firefighter has been offered a deal that would give her more than $500,000 over the next three years, and she would never once have to show up for work. At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners agreed to the deal that would put the firefighter on paid leave until she retires. The firefighter, Kristine Gray, signed ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -8
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    Bar Brawlers Want Off-Duty Cops, Firefighters Arrested Too

    Bar Brawlers Want Off-Duty Cops, Firefighters Arrested Too
    NEW YORK - Five men charged with roughing up a cop, a firefighter and a Port Authority police officer in a wild Brooklyn bar brawl are furious cops have not also arrested the off-duty service members. The accused men - including Dan Golden, 23, nephew of Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden - claim they were tossed out of The Kettle Black ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    NYPD: Teen Used Cell Phone Trick to Trigger Turnpike 911 Hoax [Audio]

    NYPD: Teen Used Cell Phone Trick to Trigger Turnpike 911 Hoax [Audio]
    NEW YORK - The call was coming from inside the van. In a surprise twist to a controversial New Jersey Turnpike traffic stop, police Monday arrested a Queens teen they say made a hoax 911 call from inside the van they pulled over. Rodney Tanzymore, 19, was one of a group of 11 black and Hispanic Queens students on an overnight ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains

    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains
    LOS ANGELES - The costs of a 2004 firehouse incident in which a black firefighter was fed dog food continues to ripple through a Los Angeles city budget already battered by recession. The City Council approved the payment Friday of $2.5 million to two white fire captains, who won a court case alleging that the department racially discriminated against them in ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Off Duty Firefighter Battles Blaze with Garden Hose

    Off Duty Firefighter Battles Blaze with Garden Hose
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An off-duty Lincoln firefighter was called back to work by smoke down the street from his home. Lamar Reil told the Lincoln Journal Star that he was doing yardwork Wednesday evening when he noticed the smoke. Reil hopped into his truck and drove to a nearby duplex, where flames could be seen on the back porch and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7