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    Boy Falls Six Stories, Walks Away Unharmed

    MIAMI - Call it the miracle on Miami's North Bayshore Drive. Authorities and witnesses say that a palm tree likely saved the life of Joey Williams, a 4-year-old boy who fell Friday morning from a 17th-floor balcony after chasing a balloon through his apartment home at the Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay. The boy opened a sliding glass door, climbed over ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Union Sues City over Pensions

    Fire Union Sues City over Pensions
    BALTIMORE - Baltimore's police and firefighters' unions filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court Thursday, contending that officials "knowingly underfunded" their pension plan over the past decade — ignoring the advice of financial experts hired by the city. The lawsuit threatens to introduce a protracted and costly legal battle into the emotionally charged debate about altering the retirement benefits ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    Dog Wakes Owner During Fire at FL Home

    CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A dog reportedly woke up his owner during a fire at a Panhandle home. Fire officials say the blaze started just outside the Crestview house early Saturday morning and spread up the wall and into the attic. The home's owner, an Okaloosa County deputy, told authorities that his boxer woke him. He then looked out a window and ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town

    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town
    FERNLEY, NV--This Thursday, residents will start seeing yellow ambulances operated by North Lyon County Fire Protection District. The District was awarded the ambulance franchise by the Fernley City Council in September of 2009. While obtaining the licenses and permits, service has been provided via a mutual aid agreement between Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, and fire districts in Storey and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Cited For Driving Firetruck Without a License

    HAVERHILL — Police have issued former firefighter Kevin Thompson a citation through Haverhill District Court for driving a firetruck without a license, Mayor James Fiorentini said. If the city wins a criminal conviction against Thompson on the driving charge, Fiorentini said yesterday he will ask the Haverhill Retirement Board to revoke Thompson's pension. The board earlier this week awarded Thompson, 52, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    9-1-1 Dispatcher Suspended Over April Fool's Prank

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in Missoula who broadcast a false report of an explosion as an April Fool's Day prank will be suspended for one week but will not be prosecuted. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to establish criminal intent in the case. The request for an emergency response came ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Three Injured When Fire Trucks Collide

    Three Injured When Fire Trucks Collide
    TOWN OF WALLKILL — A City of Middletown firetruck and a Pocatello Fire Department firetruck collided at the intersection of County Route 78 and Wawayanda Avenue on Monday afternoon. The crash sent at least three firefighters to the hospital with what authorities said were non-life-threatening injuries. Both trucks sustained significant damage and were taken out of commission. [photo:156972] The trucks were ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign

    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A pedestrian is hit and injured by a car every eight minutes, federal officials say. Local leaders are now out to stifle that trend. A local effort to cut down on the amount of pedestrians injured and killed in accidents kicked off in Silver Spring Tuesday with a sobering demonstration. The Street Smart campaign is a joint ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Paramedic Hit By Own Stolen Car While Treating Patient

    MERSEYSIDE, UK - Police on Merseyside are trying to find a thief who took a paramedic's car while he was treating a patient, and then drove at him. The paramedic had been called to an accident at the junction of Woodchurch Road and Balls Road East in Birkenhead at 1040 BST on 28 July. The man got into the unmarked response ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Grand Jury to Stockton: Reduce Fire Services

    Stockton firefighters could soon see fewer people on a shift. A report on minimum staffing levels for the Stockton Fire Department by the San Joaquin County 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury released Monday recommends the city reduce its staff on fire engines to three firefighters and staff and fire trucks to four. The grand jury also recommends the department create a relief ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires

    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires
    WASHINGTON — Federal aviation officials have known for years that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire. But they haven't required airlines to fix the problem, even after dozens of incidents that unnerved pilots and, in many cases, forced emergency landings. Pilots have complained about heaters that burned, smoldered or sent electric currents dancing across cockpit windows since at ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Downed Power Line Burns CA Firefighter

    BODEGA, Calif.—Sonoma County Fire officials say a firefighter remains in critical but stable condition at a San Francisco hospital after he either touched or stepped on a downed power line. Fire Marshal Robert MacIntryre identified the injured man Monday as Ben Hakala, a longtime volunteer with the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Ron Albini tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FL County Adds 37 New Firefighters

    FL County Adds 37 New Firefighters
    BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard County Fire-Rescue has boosted its force with the swearing-in of 37 new firefighters. Firefighters received their badges and were sworn in during a ceremony at the Brevard County Government Center Commission Chambers in Viera. Each new firefighter successfully completed an 8-week orientation class where they were evaluated with both written and hands-on evaluation to ensure proficiency ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    A Life-Saving Ice Rescue

    A Life-Saving Ice Rescue
    INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers Fire Department rescued an ice fisherman who broke through the ice at Geist Reservoir this morning. The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said fire Capt. Ron Lipps. The rescue happened at about 7:30 a.m. near Fall Creek and Brook School roads. The victim was ice fishing when the ice gave way, Lipps said. Neighbor ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres

    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres
    Clovis, N.M. -- A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said there were no injuries, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    EMT Couple Injured by Assault Suspect

    NIAGARA FALLS—Niagara Falls couple working as Rural/Metro emergency medical technicians were injured Wednesday morning as they attempted to remove a highly intoxicated woman from her home, police said. Garry and Sara Bluhm attempted to carry the woman downstairs from an upper bedroom after she refused to walk, police said, but the woman resisted, pushing Garry Bluhm into a railing and punching ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Couple Dies in House Fire One Day After Moving In

    Couple Dies in House Fire One Day After Moving In
    FORT LEE, N.J. — Two people who'd moved into a northern New Jersey town house a day earlier have died in a fire that started in their kitchen and spread upstairs. Police say 52-year-old Eliot C. Nisenbaum and 55-year-old Ronald Sandberg were found Saturday night in the second-floor master bedroom of their home in Fort Lee, overlooking the Hudson River. Firefighters ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Man Accusing of Killing Teen Also Allegedly Threatened Firefighter

    Man Accusing of Killing Teen Also Allegedly Threatened Firefighter
    NORTH BELFAST, UK - A man accused of stabbing a teenage boy to death also threatened an off-duty firefighter as he left the scene of the attack, it has been alleged in court. Testifying at the Thomas Devlin murder trial, witness Laurence Kelly said two men walked past him on a road, moments before he found the dying boy. Mr Kelly ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2

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