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    Retired Police Officer Killed In Home Flashover Explosion, Three Fighters Injured

    Retired Police Officer Killed In Home Flashover Explosion, Three Fighters Injured
    PHILADELPHIA - On North Fifth Street in Northern Liberties, Louis Bell was known by his nickname, "Joe" - a friendly retired police officer who enjoyed holiday barbecues, admiring his flower-filled front garden, and sitting on his steps swapping jokes and chitchat. Whenever a neighbor suffered a loss in the family, Bell, 70, who used a wheelchair after falling ill a few ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Gets to Meet NY Firefighter Who Saved His Life With Bone Marrow Donation

    Man Gets to Meet NY Firefighter Who Saved His Life With Bone Marrow Donation
    NEW YORK CITY - A Mississippi tourist's first trip to New York will include all the regular attractions, plus an unusual stop at the downtown Brooklyn home of the city's Bravest. He's going off the beaten track to say thanks to a man he's never met. Gary Williams, 55, received a lifesaving donation of bone marrow, and Monday he'll get a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Toddler Treading Water Miraculously Survives Fire

    Toddler Treading Water Miraculously Survives Fire
    TRENTON - Call Augustine Pope a miracle toddler. About an hour after falling asleep in a Trenton basement, he awoke to flames and smoke clogging the air early Thursday. As at least four others escaped the house, Augustine got trapped in the basement, which began to fill with water as firefighters fought the blaze. Somehow, he stayed afloat as the fire ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'

    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'
    SACRAMENTO, CA - Scott McKinney, one of four Sacramento firefighters injured when a home exploded in Oak Park on July 5, was released from the hospital Sunday. "I feel fantastic," McKinney told TV camera crews as he left UC Davis Medical Center. "The care was awesome. The hospital took really good care of me." McKinney spent six days in the hospital ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Law Allows EMTs To Draw Blood of DUI Suspects

    New Law Allows EMTs To Draw Blood of DUI Suspects
    MANHATTAN — Gov. David Paterson signed the "Jack Shea Bill" into law on Monday, allowing nurses and emergency medical technicians to test suspected drunk drivers' alcohol levels without the supervision of a doctor. The bill was inspired by the 2002 death of two-time Olympic gold medalist Jack Shea, who at 91 years old died was killed in a drunk driving accident ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Cochran Returns to Atlanta to Finish What He Started

    Cochran Returns to Atlanta to Finish What He Started
    ATLANTA — When Kelvin Cochran was approached in mid-2009 by President Barack Obama to become the U.S. fire administrator, he made three phone calls. Atlanta was in the midst of a heated mayoral election and Mayor Shirley Franklin, who had hired him as the chief of the Department of Fire Rescue, was vacating the office. As an appointed official, that left ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Motorcyclist Fleeing Cops Crashed Into Ambulance Crew That Treated Him

    Motorcyclist Fleeing Cops Crashed Into Ambulance Crew That Treated Him
    CONWAY, AK - A motorcyclist who crashed his bike while fleeing Arkansas state troopers and local police at high speeds didn’t have to wait long for medical care. Gregory Wallace, 22, led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate-40 and through a heavily congested area near Little Rock, until he crashed his Suzuki Hayabusa into an ambulance, whose crew was the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Two Firefighters Injured In Explosive Flashover

    Two Firefighters Injured In Explosive Flashover
    Two Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company firefighers were admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after what might have been a "flashover" at a fire they were working to control Wednesday night, according to officials. A family of four also was displaced by the blaze at 2407 12th St. in the township, fire Chief Jamie Hauze said. Hauze did not release the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading

    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The distance between life and death narrowed in this flattened city Thursday, with survival depending on the luck of being freed from under rubble, on treating the thousands of wounded, and on speeding the flow of emergency food and water. Two days after a huge earthquake struck the capital, the international Red Cross estimated the number of deaths ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years

    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years
    BOSTON - Residents heard the fire alarms just before 2 p.m., but thought little of them as they made their way down the stairs of their 10-story condominium building in the Back Bay. But the alarm turned out to be the largest firefighting operation the city has seen in recent years — flames roared out the seventh-floor windows, and smoke billowed ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes

    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes
    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A veteran Rockford firefighter accused of stealing more than $15,000 from the department by falsifying time sheets has resigned. Rockford fire lieutenant Brian Watkins stepped down Saturday during a hearing to decide whether he would keep his job. He'd been with the department for nearly 20 years. [widget:flywheel_links] Watkins told supporters at the Rockford Board of Fire ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Woman Burned At Gas Station After Boyfriend Lights Up

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has third degree burns after her boyfriend lit a cigarette next to her as she was pumping gas at a Chattanooga service station. Twenty-year-old Samantha Lawrence suffered second and third-degree burns to about 30 percent of her body, mostly her torso and arms, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department. Investigators ruled ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Historic Forge Burns to the Ground

    Historic Forge Burns to the Ground
    GROVE CITY -- The Wendell August Forge, an American institution that has furnished generations of families with its hand-cast decorative ornaments and plates, burned to the ground Saturday afternoon. About 25 employees and 15 tourists and shoppers were in the building when the fire started. They all escaped unharmed. The fire started around 2 p.m. in a workshop where an employee ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue

    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue
    WASHINGTON, DC - Sometimes history seems to repeat itself at the Supreme Court, and apparently settled issues reemerge in slightly different forms. And so there will be a feeling of deja vu at the court Monday morning when the justices turn their attention to an especially familiar-sounding issue: whether minority firefighter applicants in Chicago waited too long to sue when the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    9/11 Heroes Still Waiting for Their Due

    9/11 Heroes Still Waiting for Their Due
    NEW YORK - After many years of costly litigation, the news broke this week that lawyers for thousands who were injured in the World Trade Center attacks have reached a settlement with the City of New York and others that could provide more than $650 million to those who sustained illnesses or injuries in rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This

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