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    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch

    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch
    ANCHORAGE - Firefighters can ethically take to the streets while on duty to raise money for charity in the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign under an amendment to city law the Anchorage Assembly approved Tuesday night. The measure passed 6-4, but it doesn't mean that firefighters will necessarily be out this Labor Day weekend. In fact, even after it passed, there ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Talks Stalled for Camden Firefighters, Police

    Talks Stalled for Camden Firefighters, Police
    CAMDEN - Days before Camden lays off as many as half of its police officers and a third of its Fire Department, negotiations between the city and the public safety unions appear to be at a stalemate, with the mayor saying the unions won't accept concessions. "Police and fire have not given up one thing," Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd said ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion

    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion
    VIGO COUNTY, IN - Brandon Hoopingarner said he was fighting a barn fire when a 55 gallon drum of paint thinner near him exploded. "Got up and I thought I was OK and I looked down and I was just on fire," Hoopingarner said. He told us the gear he was using saved his life, and minimized his injuries. Doctors treated ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man Sentenced to Life for Shooting Firefighter

    Man Sentenced to Life for Shooting Firefighter
    ST. LOUIS — Ernest Strong hobbled through the courtroom's swinging gate Friday morning and stopped next to the man who shot him seven times. The two did not look at each other. "This young man has completely turned my life upside down," Strong told the judge who was about to sentence Terrence Hendricks. "I ask that you give him as much ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Firefighters Surprise Burgler When They Discover Home Invasion

    Firefighters Surprise Burgler When They Discover Home Invasion
    CHELSEA - There may not have been fire in a Chelsea apartment yesterday morning, but firefighters responding to a call of smoke found something else. Firefighters who arrived at a Lafayette Avenue apartment complex just after midnight yesterday came upon a home invasion in progress in the same apartment. Police responded, and one of the suspects was arrested and charged with ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    MA Firefighters Demand Military Training Pay

    MA Firefighters Demand Military Training Pay
    WATERTOWN, MA - Six Watertown firefighters are asking the town to compensate them for pay they say they earned while undergoing military training, according to town and union officials. The town says its investigation shows that four of the firefighters are owed pay, and it has promised to rectify the situation quickly. One of the firefighters, Brian Rand, completed training to ...
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    AL Mayor Withdraws Plan To Build New Firefighter Museum

    AL Mayor Withdraws Plan To Build New Firefighter Museum
    PELHAM, Ala. — The mayor of Pelham is backing away from plans to melt the city's main ice skating rink and replace it with a firefighter museum. Pelham Mayor Don Murphy says he received hundreds of calls and emails from residents who were angry about his plan to remove one of two ice rinks at the Pelham Civic Complex. The rink ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Barefoot Man Rescues Neighbor from Fire

    Barefoot Man Rescues Neighbor from Fire
    St. Joseph fire officials said a South Side man pulled his neighbor from a house fire Friday morning in his bare feet. Fire inspector Steve Henrichson said both men had injuries but the Good Samaritan declined medical treatment. The resident of the burned trailer near Lake Contrary was taken by ambulance to Heartland Regional Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns ...
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    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire

    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire
    MILWAUKEE — Two felons were charged Thursday with homicide and arson in the deaths of a mother, her two young children and a woman who also was the men's alleged accomplice in a case that began with an $800 robbery. Desmond Laster, 21, and Anthony Edward Barnes, 23, of Milwaukee, face four counts each of first-degree intentional homicide and arson. They ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding

    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding
    SHOREWOOD — Municipal leaders throughout Milwaukee County voiced fears Monday that they would soon be saddled with paying the full cost of paramedic services, either through restructuring county government or through county budget cuts. County Executive Scott Walker later sought to put those fears to rest, vowing to oppose any move that would leave cities and villages without paramedic funding. "You'd ...
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    Fake Firefighter Put On Three-Year Probation

    LITTLE VALLEY — An Olean man Monday was placed on probation for three years for impersonating a firefighter during an arson blaze that destroyed the abandoned Fancher Furniture Co. factory in Salamanca last May 7. Bradley M. Thomas, 31, was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on the misdemeanor criminal impersonation charge. Thomas arrived on the scene of the fire ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco

    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco
    TAMPA - It's a dessert. Bananas, ice cream, cinnamon and butter. You wouldn't exactly imagine having to save someone from bananas Foster. But for the finishing touch, it's a flambé. Most recipes call for a quarter-cup of dark rum, brought to the table and ignited. On Saturday night, a fun dessert went terribly wrong and five customers at a Palm Harbor ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    CT Firefighter Fired Over Acid Incident

    SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A veteran Bridgeport firefighter charged with dumping poison acid onto his neighbor's water line has been fired. Fire Chief Brian Rooney says Edward Voccola "brought discredit" to the department and was fired for violating the city's ethics code as well as city rules. The Connecticut Post reports that the 52-year-old Voccola, a 22-year veteran, was placed on ...
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    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief

    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief
    SALEM - As Dennis Covey watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, the 51-year-old retired Salem firefighter wanted to help in any way he could. "I just said, 'We've got to go,'" he said yesterday. Covey, a lieutenant with the Fire Department who now lives in Palm Bay, Fla., said he could not make a big financial contribution. But he ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job

    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job
    DeKalb County, GA - A DeKalb County firefighter terminated after a deadly Dunwoody fire got his job back. A hearing officer ruled on Friday that Capt. Sell Caldwell was inappropriately terminated and did not neglect his duties in connection to the fire that killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The county will appeal the officer's ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery

    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery
    MUNCIE -- Seven days after the critically injured Brian Buck arrived at Ball Memorial Hospital in an ambulance, he left Wednesday in good spirits in a Liberty Township fire truck. Buck was one of two Liberty Township firefighters injured in a well accident that killed an Anderson plumber and critically injured the plumber's 19-year-old assistant. Buck's colleague, Rick Compton Sr., was ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Volly FF Hit By Vehicle Driven By Brother Volunteer

    Volly FF Hit By Vehicle Driven By Brother Volunteer
    WILSON—A South Wilson volunteer firefighter was injured Monday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by another volunteer as he crossed the road responding to a call. The identities of the driver and the victim were not released. The injured man was crossing the street responding to a minor industrial accident at 4210 Chestnut Road and was “bumped” by the ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages

    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages
    GARY, Ind. — A furloughed Gary firefighter has turned to panhandling to support his family. Gary Pickering is one of 34 firefighters the city laid off last week. The 34-year-old married father of four man has been wearing his turnout gear while he solicits donations from passersby in downtown Gary. He tells The Times of Munster that he receives only $350 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel

    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel
    RACINE - It was a terrifying situation for more than a dozen children: being trapped on a Ferris wheel for three hours. Luckily, one of the people trapped with them was an off-duty firefighter. Capt. Nick Comande of the Racine Fire Department was riding the Ferris wheel at Racine's Party on the Pavement festival with his 9-year-old daughter Rachel. He had ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3