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    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze

    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze
    HOMEWOOD, IL - A 21-year-old Homewood firefighter underwent skin-graft surgery Thursday to repair first- and second-degree burns suffered in an extra-alarm fire Tuesday night that claimed the life of a firefighter and an elderly war veteran. Karra Kopas, a part-time firefighter/paramedic and Prairie State College student, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday while recovering in the burn unit at the University ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fallout Over Suspended Firefighter's Continued Pay

    Fallout Over Suspended Firefighter's Continued Pay
    WASHINGTON - There is more fallout tonight from a FOX 5 investigation into a D.C. firefighter who has been on the payroll for the last three and a half years, but has not worked a day. By some estimates, taxpayers have paid a quarter of a million dollars while D.C. Fire and EMS sits on her case. On Wednesday, there was ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -5
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation

    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation
    D.C. police have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl who was not immediately taken to the hospital by emergency responders. The investigation will be handled by the homicide division's special victims unit, which looks into the death of any child younger than 13. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said investigators would "determine if there's any potential ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate

    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Family members of a teen killed when he jumped from a moving ambulance said that the death of the autistic 16-year-old on Sunday could have been prevented. For starters, Shelley Hodge didn't want her son, Ryan Emory, released from the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia on Feb. 6. On his discharge papers she wrote: "I, Shelly ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Two Men Killed in Twin-Engine Plane Crash

    Two Men Killed in Twin-Engine Plane Crash
    HOLLYWOOD, FL - Two south Florida men who family members said were traveling on business were killed in a twin-engine plane crash Saturday night in a far west Chicago suburb. The pilot, Gary Bradford Jr., 37, of Hollywood, Fla., and his passenger, Drago Strahija, 32, of Lake Worth, Fla., had come from Texas, spent a night in west suburban Aurora and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners

    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners
    LONG BEACH - It's a little late, but compensation data on city of Long Beach employees is now online at the state controller's website. The information, which is available at www.sco.ca.gov, lists the pay ranges for each city position, how much each worker actually earned in 2009, pension details and the cost of other benefits. Among the Long Beach managers who ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Is the Chicago FF Test Keeping Women Out?

    CHICAGO — As Chicago prepares to pay $30 million to African-American men who were denied firefighting jobs because of a discriminatory entrance exam, the city was hit Tuesday with another lawsuit, this one on behalf of women who were disqualified because they failed the physical abilities test. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims that the test, which includes arm ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters escape house fire as floors collapse

    Firefighters escape house fire as floors collapse
    COLORADO SPRINGS - The collapsing floor in front of Paul Jensen didn’t fool the firefighter for a second Wednesday night. Jensen and another firefighter escaped injury while fighting a fire that tore through a northwest Colorado Springs house. A homeowner and his sister arrived shortly after 7 p.m. to find smoke coming form the man’s house at 2235 Kirby Court, said ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Off-Duty FF Pulls Man From St. Louis River

    ST. LOUIS — An off-duty firefighter is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a man whose pickup truck veered into St. Louis' River Des Peres. Authorities say firefighter Steve Nienhaus saw the vehicle enter the river Sunday morning, then quickly swam into the water to save the driver who was slumped over inside the truck. St. Louis Fire Department Capt. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving

    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving
    TULSA - The differences in how the police and firefighter budget negotiations played out in recent weeks could not be more stark. While firefighters and their leaders appeared open all along to working out a compromise beneficial to all, the police union leaders seemed hell-bent on getting their way, no matter the cost. By the weekend deadline, firefighters by an overwhelming ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'

    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'
    George Ballew spent Monday in an emergency shelter, nursing his wounds and worrying about his missing wife. He was clutching a tube of toothpaste, the fingers on one hand cut, broken and wrapped in gauze, when an emergency volunteer approached. "George, your wife is OK," she told him gently. "We just found her." "Oh, thank God," he said, collapsing into the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial

    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial
    HARTFORD — - The fire lieutenant who led the initial attack on the ferocious blaze that consumed William Beckerman's 3,200-square-foot West Hartford home last February was the first witness called Wednesday in Beckerman's trial on charges that he set the fire. Lt. Chris Gordon, who retired from the West Hartford Fire Department in July, described being confronted with blinding smoke as ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Pension Board Calls Former FF A Cheat, Fraud

    Pension Board Calls Former FF A Cheat, Fraud
    TRENTON — The chairman of a state pension board publicly denounced a former Harrison firefighter as a cheat and a fraud Monday for collecting a $2,500-per-month disability pension from New Jersey while working as a full-time firefighter in North Carolina. As Herman Ellis looked on impassively during a hearing in Trenton, the board voted to refer the case to the state ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good

    City Wants to Pay FF $500K To Stay Away for Good
    DAYTONA BEACH -- A city firefighter has been offered a deal that would give her more than $500,000 over the next three years, and she would never once have to show up for work. At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners agreed to the deal that would put the firefighter on paid leave until she retires. The firefighter, Kristine Gray, signed ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -8
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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 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: -1

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