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    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions

    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions
    Illinois lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that reduces pension benefits for future local police officers and firefighters. The measure also requires greater contributions from municipalities over the next 30 years to catch up with underfunded retirement programs. The Senate voted 46-4 on the bill, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokeswoman would not say whether Quinn would sign it. Police and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud

    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud
    ANACORTES, WA - The deadliest refinery accident since 2005 was described Monday as “more of a fireball than an explosion” but is not yet prompting a federally requested shutdown of the plant. A vapor cloud of hydrocarbons ignited within seconds, killing or burning seven Tesoro employees who were working about 50 feet from a unit used to make high-octane fuel, said ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region
    BRISTOL - "We'll add that to the list." That was pretty much the phrase for the day among emergency personnel throughout the region Tuesday as they struggled to run from one water emergency to another. "Three feet of water in the basement," a Norton dispatcher announced over the police scanner. "Need more pumps here," an Attleboro firefighter reported to headquarters. "We'll ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash

    Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash
    VINELAND, NJ — An 81-year-old Vineland man was killed this morning in a collision with a stolen Underwood-Memorial Hospital paramedic SUV that was fleeing police, authorities said. Alfred Costantino, 81, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, at the intersections of Holmes and Chestnut avenues, said Vineland Det. Lt. Thomas Ulrich. The driver of the stolen 2000 Dodge Durango, Michael D. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters

    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters
    APPLETON — The Madison Middle School woodshop has been humming lately with the sound of saws, sanders and drills as 50 seventh- and eighth-graders learning the craft of woodworking turned out toy sailboats and puzzles. But the boys and girls kicking up all that sawdust in summer school have also tackled a much bigger project — two picnic tables bound for ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department

    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department
    MONROEVILLE, PA - Monroeville was just beginning to grow into a bustling suburb and commercial district in July 1949 when Raymond J. Genley led a meeting to start a new fire department there. The new William Penn Highway was about to be lined with the Miracle Mile and other shopping centers. Mr. Genley and 17 neighbors from the Mellon Plan neighborhood ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit

    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit
    CAMDEN, NJ - When Camden announced last week that it could lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters next month, the news was surprising only in its scope. After years of cutting in other areas of government and trimming police and fire departments through attrition, cities throughout New Jersey recently have announced a striking ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska

    1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a busy business district near downtown Anchorage, Alaska, killing a small child and injuring the four other people onboard. Jennifer Rodi, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, says the single-engine Cessna 206 went down shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday after departing Merrill Field about a mile away. The ...
    Published almost 5 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 over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Volunteer Rescues Man Swept Down Falls

    MADERA, Calif.—A volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving a Georgia man who fell into a creek and plunged down a waterfall while hiking in the Sierra National Forest. Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart says 46-year-old Billy Williams was trying to cross a creek above Corlieu Falls Saturday when he slipped, fell into the creek and plunged down a 30-foot ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Two Firefighters Awarded Valor Award for Bravery

    Two Firefighters Awarded Valor Award for Bravery
    NEW BRUNSWICK - Two city firefighters were awarded the Valor Award by the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation for their bravery during a 2009 house fire, according to MyCentralJersey.com Fire Capt. Ramon Schaffer and firefighter Joseph Carman entered the building already engulfed in flames while searching for a missing occupant. They found the man unconscious in a third-floor bedroom and carried him ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Firefighter Injured After Falling From Second Story Window

    Firefighter Injured After Falling From Second Story Window
    BALTIMORE - One firefighter was in serious condition after falling from a second-story window at an apartment fire in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday. The firefighter, who also had burns to both hands, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. The injuries were not considered life-threatening. He was not identified. Two residents were also injured ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    University Study Focuses on Impact of Heat on Firefighters

    INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY - Firefighters already accustomed to the oppressive heat of real fires filed down the stairs of a five-story training structure in northern Terre Haute. The smoke - albeit fake - was so thick it shrouded the room in almost total darkness. Dave Dziedzicki, a graduate assistant in Indiana State University's athletic training department, waited at the bottom. Wearing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Critically Injured at Scene Died En Route to Hospital

    Firefighter Critically Injured at Scene Died En Route to Hospital
    CHICAGO - One of two Homewood firefighters critically injured Tuesday night in a ferocious house fire that claimed the life of an elderly man has died, authorities said this morning. The firefighter was identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as 28-year-old Brian Carey of Evergreen Park. The Homewood homeowner killed in the blaze was identified as Wendell Elias, 84. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    NJ Firefighters Fight Back: Rallying In Trenton Next Week

    NJ Firefighters Fight Back: Rallying In Trenton Next Week
    Read the original article at: CliffviewPilot.com TRENTON, NJ - Police and firefighters from throughout New Jersey plan to descend on Trenton on March 3 in a “Stand Up for Safety” rally aimed at countering Gov. Christie’s plan to roll back public employee benefits. “We have had enough and want to send a message,” State PBA member Jim Ryan told Cliffview Pilot. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Elderly Millionaire Assaulted Paramedic on Private Jet

    RENO, NV - An 83-year-old high-end collector, safari hunter and global businessman has been charged with assault for allegedly grabbing the breast of a female paramedic on a private flight. Robert M. Lee, from Nevada, was on his private plane travelling from Arizona to Rochester when he grabbed and twisted the woman's breast, causing her injury, when she was helping him ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Bad Communication Named Reason for LAFD Deaths

    Bad Communication Named Reason for LAFD Deaths
    LOS ANGELES—A new report says poor communications and unexpected fire conditions caused the deaths of two firefighters whose truck plunged off a mountain road last year during a massive Los Angeles County wildfire. Capt. Tedmund Hall and Arnaldo Quinones died on Aug. 30 during the 250-square-mile Station fire in the foothills above Los Angeles. A county Fire Department report issued this ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -2

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