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    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires

    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires
    East Syracuse, NY — How often does a volunteer firefighter stay with his force 75 years? Not very often. That’s why there was a big turnout last week when Bill Lewis Sr. officially retired from the East Syracuse Fire Department. The East Syracuse chief, Mike Cramer, said the department’s bylaws had to be changed to grant the retirement, which is the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Brothers Saving Brothers

    Brothers Saving Brothers
    COLUMBUS - The firefighters at Station 16 were taking a break when the alarm sounded just before 11 p.m. The basement fire on Robert Street was the ninth call for the men on a snowy Saturday in February. Lt. Mike Polaski, the officer in charge that day, climbed into his usual passenger seat of the fire engine for the 1-mile ride. ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Fire Captain Suspended Over Shady Recruitment Tactics

    Fire Captain Suspended Over Shady Recruitment Tactics
    PHILADELPHIA - Capt. Troy K. Gore, an officer detailed to the Philadelphia Fire Department's recruitment team, was placed on paid leave yesterday over allegations that he proposed a scheme to bring in more minority candidates by doctoring the city's computerized application process. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers announced the move and said he was opening an investigation into an e-mail sent last ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay

    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay
    CHICAGO - Chicago firefighters and paramedics will get $94 million in back pay dating back to June 30, 2007 — bankrolled by debt likened to “borrowing to pay for last year’s groceries” — thanks to a contract ratified Monday. “We’re very concerned. It’s enormously expensive to borrow to pay for operating costs. Future taxpayers are gonna have to pay, not only ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Charges Against 11 Firefighters Involved in Brawl Pending

    Charges Against 11 Firefighters Involved in Brawl Pending
    BROOKLYN - Several firefighters are likely to be charged after a boozy brawl at a Brooklyn bar that sent a college soccer coach to the hospital with a busted eye, police sources said. Sinan Selmani, who works at St. Francis College, was clutching his broken eye socket as he was dragged by firefighters to a bathroom at the Salty Dog in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son

    Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son
    NEW HAVEN — A 30-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday in the shooting death of a city firefighter’s son. Jermaine Scott, of New Haven, said nothing during a short court appearance. A judge kept his bail at $1 million. The arrest warrant affidavit in the case was sealed. Scott is charged with repeatedly shooting Marquise Baskin on June 19 behind 660 Winchester ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze

    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze
    FORT EDWARD, NY - As a lethal fire intensified, one woman shoved an air conditioner out a window and then threw a 5-year-old boy out after it to safety, even as the blaze devoured a two-story house, killing six children. Two other adults tried in vain to rescue the children trapped inside the blazing building in a faded mill town along ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'

    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'
    SAN RAMON — Thanks to the bravery of eight San Ramon Valley firefighters, Dr. Robert Litman is alive and seeing patients again. The immunology and allergy specialist thanked the crew Wednesday night for rescuing him from his blazing Blackhawk home the night of June 22 — the same blaze that killed Litman's 19-year-old son. "Instead of being a second victim, I ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fallen Firefighters Honored on 50th Anniversary of Fatal Blast

    Fallen Firefighters Honored on 50th Anniversary of Fatal Blast
    Auburn, NY — Irene Murphy was dining with her girlfriends at Lasca’s restaurant when their waiter hurried to their table. He asked them if they had heard about an explosion that rocked downtown Auburn moments earlier. Murphy sensed something may have gone bad for her husband “Spuds,” an Auburn firefighter who was working that night with his Engine No. 4 company. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later

    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later
    SUMMIT -- Fire has a rich, and devastating, history all its own. The Summit Fire ripped through more than 4,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains three years ago, on May 22, 2008, destroying 34 homes and 82 "outbuildings" and more than 160 vehicles. Lasting five days, it also destroyed residents' treasured possessions, animals and so many other things. Three years ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Detroit Firefighter Charged With Creating False Reports

    Detroit Firefighter Charged With Creating False Reports
    The Detroit Fire Department has suspended a 10-year veteran firefighter, who's expected to be charged today with creating a false fire department report after leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. Jonathan Britt, 30, of Detroit was put on leave without pay last week when the department learned a warrant had been signed Jan. 6, Fire Commissioner James Mack said Thursday. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty

    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty
    SPRING HILL, FL — Spring Hill Fire Rescue Chief Mike Rampino said Thursday that he's looking into allegations that on-duty firefighters attended parties where alcohol was served earlier this year and that intoxicated women were allowed on fire station property. The allegations were made at Wednesday's district fire board meeting by Ridge Manor resident Rob Rogoski, who presented commissioners with about ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    NYC Mayor Refuses to Add Ret. Fire Captain to 9/11 Memorial

    NYC Mayor Refuses to Add Ret. Fire Captain to 9/11 Memorial
    NEW YORK - Honor denied - again. Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday the city won't back down from its refusal to put a retired fire captain's name on a tribute to firefighters who died on 9/11. Bloomberg vowed a challenge to a Queens judge's ruling that ordered Capt. James Corrigan's name to be listed on a memorial to be unveiled next year ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Town Welcomes New Station With Open Arms

    Town Welcomes New Station With Open Arms
    GREAT BARRINGTON, MA -- State and town officials, current and former firemen and supporters of the new fire station were on hand Sunday afternoon to observe the official dedication of the building. The guest of honor and main speaker, Mort T. Cavanaugh, fire chief in town for more than 40 years, told the audience of about 150 that "being a fireman ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray

    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray
    PORTLAND - A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer said the officer was at a stoplight at Southwest 12th Avenue and Yamhill Street when she saw a man in flames. When the officer went to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze

    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze
    CHICAGO - Several people, including two children, were rescued Monday morning from a blaze in a sparsely occupied Bronzeville condo building where conditions were described as "pretty bad" by a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. A firefighter was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center for burns to his ears, said Chief Kevin MacGregor, a Fire Department spokesman. When the firefighters ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?

    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?
    KING COUNTY, WA - A King County judge said Friday that the "mental picture" she envisioned of a Seattle firefighter awarded $12.75 million for injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall didn't square with secretly shot video later showing him chopping wood and performing other activities. But Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead also sharply questioned a request by attorneys for the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Fired Fire-Medic to Face Additional Charges

    Fired Fire-Medic to Face Additional Charges
    PORT ORANGE, FL - A Port Orange firefighter-paramedic charged with sneaking into the homes of patients to steal their prescriptions has been fired, city officials said. Michael Michaud, 38, an 11-year-veteran with Port Orange Fire and Rescue, was terminated Friday after an internal affairs investigation found he violated several departmental policies, in addition to several felonies. Among them are burglary of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    19-Year-Old Gets 15 Years in Firefighter's Slaying

    JACKSONVILLE - A Jacksonville woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison in the December shooting death of a Jacksonville firefighter/paramedic. [photo:162625] Fisthnise St. Breux, 19, had faced up to 30 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter last month. She will be deported to her native Haiti upon completion of her sentence. St. Breux was arrested after Emanuel Porter II, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Off-Duty Responder Saves Life of Drowning Boy

    Off-Duty Responder Saves Life of Drowning Boy
    BEDFORD - An off-duty New Bedford firefighter and a Cranston, R.I., police officer performed CPR and saved the life of a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned Saturday in a pond at Myles Standish State Forest. Raymond Ryan, 40, the firefighter, performed compressions while Officer Mallory Reis, who was also off-duty, held the child's head steady and kept his airway open. Lori ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +3