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  • American flag given to family of firefighter killed September 11 stolen from outside their home

    07/02/2014 9:57:23 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 9 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | July 2, 2014 | COREY CHARLTON
    The theft of an American flag from the family of a firefighter killed in September 11 is causing heartache as they desperately plead for its return... The flag stolen from the front of Melissa Brengel's Long Island property was flown over the World Trade Center during the recovery and cleanup and was later gifted to her from the September 11 Families Association. ...His father is also a firefighter and is a co-founder of Tribute WTC, which pays homage to the victims of the attack....
  • Why 20 Years Firefighting May Be Enough For Me (Warning: Dark Content)

    06/27/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 35 replies
    Uniform Stores ^ | Michael Morse
    Twenty years ago I thought I would do this job forever. I had a dream: work in Providence till I was 60 and they threw me out, and then move somewhere else where they have a volunteer department and I could put my experience to good use. The department offered a 50 percent pension after 20 years, we contribute 9.5 percent of our pay toward the fund, and the city contributes the rest. “That’s nice,” I thought, never considering that I would actually leave after 20. Time marches on, and 20 years passed in the blink of an eye. The...
  • CA:Firefighter receives minor injury from burning Ammunition

    05/27/2014 1:17:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Firefighters have known for years that burning small arms ammunition produces a very low level of danger to firemen. This is from the SAAMI paper, "Facts About Sporting Ammunition Fires": Ammunition fired in the open, not enclosed in a gun's chamber, discharges with such inefficiency that the projectile will not even penetrate an ordinary fiberboard shipping container panel at very close range. When not strongly and tightly confined, smokeless propellant powders burn relatively slowly and do not explode as we know they do when fired in a gun. Pressure within a cartridge case must build up to several...
  • BMW Blocks Hydrant, Boston Firefighters Go Right Through It

    04/10/2014 11:54:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | George Kennedy
    Last night in East Boston, Massachusetts, a seven-alarm fire broke out, which escalated into an eight-alarm fire. Given the lives of Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy were so recently claimed by a nine-alarm fire in Back Bay, concern was high and news crews were quickly on the scene. They did not expect to find the the following scene As news crews arrived, local WBZ CBS reporter Katie Brace came upon this BMW 3 Series Coupe, which was parked in front of a fire hydrant. Obviously this was dumb, and the Boston Fire Department quickly dispatched...
  • TX: Firefighter fatally shot by woman outside Montgomery County

    03/22/2014 12:20:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 18 March, 2014 | Demond Fernandez
    PORTER HEIGHTS, TX (KTRK) -- A 64-year-old woman opened fire and killed a man she says was trying to get into her Montgomery County home. According to an HFD spokesperson, that man happened to be a Houston firefighter and he may have been at the woman's house by mistake. According to investigators, a 64-year-old woman was home alone on Monday night when she says she heard a noise and saw a man outside. Deputies say the woman claims she told that guy to leave and shot him twice as he attempted to enter the house. "(The) person then attempted to...
  • McDonalds worker fired after paying for food donation (to local firefighters)

    02/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 99 replies
    WIVB.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Lou Raguse
    Heather Levia wanted to help first responders by giving them a warm meal on a cold day, but when she showed up to work the next morning she no longer had a job. (snip) When word spread that Levia paid the bill, some firefighters called her boss and complained, thinking the restaurant made Levia feel obligated to pay for their meals. Levia says after that, her boss told her, You opened a whole bees nest.
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Arrests Chula Vista Firefighter at Scene of Accident

    02/05/2014 7:55:55 PM PST · by deandg99 · 11 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 02/05/2014 | Dean Garrison
    The unnamed firefighter was allegedly asked to move the firetruck which was presumably blocking traffic. Preliminary reports are that he did not refuse but responded by saying that he had to follow the chain of command and could not make that decision. The officer apparently told him that he would move the truck immediately or be arrested. When the firefighter refused he was cuffed and detained for about 30 minutes.
  • Ridiculous: How a Firefighter Ended Up in Handcuffs While Helping Victims.....

    02/05/2014 4:35:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    blaze ^ | Jason Howerton
    FULL TITLE: Ridiculous: How a Firefighter Ended Up in Handcuffs While Helping Victims at Scene of Serious Car Accident While responding to a Tuesday night rollover accident in Chula Vista, Calif., a police officer and firefighter got into a dispute over where the fire engine should park. The verbal altercation ended with the uniformed firefighter in handcuffs. The California Highway Patrol officer reportedly demanded the firefighter move the fire engine off the center divide. He refused and continued to treat the crash victims at the scene. KFMB-TV captured the argument and ensuing arrest on video:
  • Family Of Firefighter Killed In Deadly Ariz. Wildfire Denied Lifetime Benefits From City

    08/06/2013 8:32:42 PM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 43 replies
    PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) The mother and widow of one of 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire wants the city of Prescott to provide family survivor benefits reserved for full-time employees. Deborah Pfingstons 29-year-old son, Andrew Ashcraft, died June 30 with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while working a wildfire around Yarnell. An investigation into the matter is ongoing. Pfingston plans to have a news conference on Tuesday in Prescott. The grieving mother also said city officials promised they would retroactively reclassify the seasonal, temporary employees as permanent so the families could receive additional survivor...
  • Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew

    07/10/2013 3:28:45 PM PDT · by sheana · 1 replies
    Prescott Hotshots ^ | 7/10/213 | me
    There is a fundraising drive today to collect for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. I am proud to say that our Kern County Firefighters have collected over $27,000 so far today in a Fill the Boot! drive for the families. If anyone else wants to donate Granite 19 is selling memorial t-shirts on this website to help out the families. Thanks everyone!
  • Central Toledo roads closed after sinkhole swallows car (video)

    07/03/2013 6:58:32 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 9 replies
    http://www.toledoblade.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | MIKE SIGOV
    The woman who was taken to a hospital after her car was swallowed by a sinkhole in central Toledo has been identified as Pamela Knox. Ms. Knox, 60, of Toledo, was taken to Toledo Hospital to be checked out, officials said, however, she did not appear to be injured. The motorist whose car fell into the sinkhole is helped out. The motorist whose car fell into the sinkhole is helped out. TOLEDO FIRE LIEUTENANT MATTHEW HERTZFELD Enlarge Police said Ms. Knox was driving southbound on North Detroit Avenue when her car fell into a large sinkhole near Bancroft Street. Ms....
  • 19 firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire were part of elite Hotshot crew (Additional Info)

    07/01/2013 8:19:51 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 1, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Nineteen members of an elite firefighting crew who were killed Sunday in an Arizona wildfire tried to protect themselves by deploying tent-like structures before they were overtaken, a state forestry spokesman says. (snip) Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said the firefighters, whose names had not been released, were part of the citys fire department. A helicopter pilot discovered the bodies and authorities are working to remove them, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson said, according to Fox 10. Nineteen fire shelters were deployed on Sunday, and some of the firefighters were found inside them, while others were outside the shelters,...
  • 19 firefighters working Yarnell Hill fire confirmed dead

    Forever Filibustering: Wendy Davis shows no substance by Daniel Clark Not content with letting half a days worth of empty words fly across the floor of the Texas state senate, Wendy Davis responded to a critique from Gov. Rick Perry by going into a snit that showed as little substance as anything thats ever been harrumphed in the halls of Congress. Perry had observed that Davis was the daughter of a single woman and she was a teenage mother herself. He added, Its just unfortunate that she hasnt learned from her own example, that every life must be given a...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • Hudson Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

    03/06/2013 8:25:43 AM PST · by NEMDF · 2 replies
    Bloomington, IL Pantagraph ^ | 03/06/2013 | Pantagraph Staff
    HUDSON A 39-year-old volunteer firefighter for the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and career firefighter for the City of Bloomington was killed following a multi-vehicle accident near Hudson Tuesday night. The mans name will be released following an autopsy scheduled for this morning, said McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling. Today we lost a member of our Hudson family, said Hudson Fire Chief Dan Hite. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions he made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department. The...
  • Hero firefighter who saved woman from burning home faces investigation - because....

    07/07/2012 3:14:17 AM PDT · by rawhide · 34 replies
    ...because he gave her his air mask during rescue A heroic firefighter who rescued a woman from a burning home is reportedly in trouble after giving her his air mask. As Philadelphia firefighter Fran Cheney carried Mary Jackson out of the home he selflessly gave her his own air mask - worried she wouldnt survive the dangerous smoke. However after Wednesday's successful rescue, rather than praising Cheney a top fire department official allegedly told him that removing his air mask was not a smart move. And Cheneys decision to remove his mask during the rescue mission has now led to...
  • Firefighters, county face PR battle to win renewal of tax up for vote in 2014

    06/14/2012 6:07:05 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A federal lawsuit by battalion chiefs of the Clark County Fire Department against the county disappeared Tuesday with little fanfare. Fearful that county officials might decertify their union, the batt-chiefs sued the county after the county refused to guarantee it would not make a decertification attempt. The matter was quickly ended in court, though, when the county agreed not to seek decertification for now.
  • Arbitrator orders county to rehire and give back pay to firefighter involved in overtime scandal

    05/15/2012 7:46:51 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 10:53 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A Clark County firefighter who was fired a year ago for misusing sick-leave privileges will get his job back. Arbitrator Michael Rappaport ordered Clark County to rehire Donald Munn in his arbitration order, even though he concluded Munn violated a policy banning the use of county computers to tell a colleague how to "call in sick on days that he had previously scheduled for vacation." That violation will only result in a written reprimand. Rappaport said the county "did not have just cause" under the union's contract to terminate Munn.
  • Firefighters sue Clark County over law barring supervisors from joining union

    04/16/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/16/2012 | By Steve Green
    A dispute between the Clark County firefighters union and the county has boiled over into a lawsuit. Firefighters Local 1908 filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas complaining that recently, the county has tried to exclude battalion chiefs from union membership by trying to engage them in ''consultations about the countys position in negotiations with Local 1908 concerning Local 1908s rank-and-file bargaining unit.'' Union attorneys say this is a departure from past practice in which the battalion chiefs weren't consulted about labor negotiaitons, even though the chiefs assign work to Fire Department employees and supervise them.
  • County hopes public opinion of firefighters improves before tax vote

    03/23/2012 4:46:46 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/23/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Clark County and its firefighters union have frequently clashed in recent years. Theyve fought over firefighters compensation packages, which averaged $189,000 in fiscal year 2010; alleged abuse of sick leave, which some county officials said was used to boost overtime and retirement pay; and whether firefighters should be allowed to do charitable work while on the clock. The last round of contract negotiations between the two sides broke down and an independent arbitrator had to sort things out. The biggest fight yet for both sides, however one that county administrators are starting to prepare for will likely make...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Eyes New (and Only Slightly Less Dangerous) Career as Firefighter

    09/27/2011 4:33:25 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 26, 2011
    One of the countrys bravest hopes to become one of New York Citys bravest. Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the Marine who received the Medal of Honor this month for personally rescuing 36 soldiers pinned down by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, told The New York Post that he aspires to become a New York City firefighter. "Its something Ive always wanted to do. Its a way I feel I can do my part in giving back to America, Meyer said after he tossed out a ceremonial pitch at the Mets' Citi Field, the paper reported. Meyer's grandfather was a firefighter, and Meyer...
  • Funeral in Greenville today for fallen firefighter

    08/19/2011 11:21:25 AM PDT · by mylife
    Greenville Herald Banner ^ | 8/19/11 | Brad Kellar
    August 19, 2011 Funeral in Greenville today for fallen firefighter By BRAD KELLAR CNHI GREENVILLE Hundreds of firefighters are expected to be in Greenville today, to pay their respects to a fallen comrade. Hundreds more people are expected to line the route of the funeral procession for Lt. Todd Krodle of Caddo Mills. Krodle, whod served with the Dallas Fire Department since September 1993, died Sunday afternoon while fighting an apartment complex blaze. The cemetery itself has been adorned with special ribbons in honor of the fallen hero. Krodles funeral will be conducted at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, 3939...
  • "Firefighters union reverses decision on members marching with 9/11 float"

    07/03/2011 11:05:40 PM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 10 replies
    Fox6 Milwaukee, WI ^ | 9:35 p.m. CDT, July 3, 2011 | Ben Handelman, FOX6 Reporter, Milwaukee
    A float set to role down the streets in Oak Creek and Racine was supposed to honor those who died on 9/11. The good intentions of one firefighter sparked a controversy. Members of the youth group at Parkway Apostolic Church in Oak Creek have completed cleaning up and rehabbing the 9/11 float, but that float almost didn't have anyone to March with it. The 9/11 remembrance was originally built in 2002 by Lt. Mark Gorniak of the Oak Creek Fire Department and appeared in the parade back then. he thought it was time to bring it back, but he quickly...
  • Firefighter Killed in Eastland County

    04/15/2011 6:14:33 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 19 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | 4/15/2011 | Lita Beck
    A volunteer fireman died fighting a rural fire in southern Eastland County on Friday afternoon. Gregory M. Simmons, 51, was an Eastland volunteer fireman for 11 years, the Eastland Fire Department said. The fire began near Kokomo and moved toward Gorman. The fire was not contained as of early Friday evening. Five fires began shortly after noon Friday, and the county said numerous fires remained out of control there. Simmons was with the Sachse Fire Department for 10 years before moving to Eastland, the department said.
  • Fire Hires Mired

    03/17/2011 7:12:53 AM PDT · by MadisonReagan · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/17/11 | The Washington Times
    Public safety is non-negotiable. Thats the message signaled Tuesday by lawyers defending the Big Apple's fire department from race-based bullying by the U.S. Justice Department. Justice is trying to make the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) hire more minorities even though FDNY has taken extraordinary steps to recruit in black and Hispanic communities. The Obama administration, still unsatisfied, ramped up the pressure by demanding admissions quotas for interim hires and extremely low standards on fire-academy entrance exams..... City attorneys havent rolled over. In Tuesdays answer to the administrations proposed schedule, they sent notice that the order setting such low...
  • Firehouse Flunkies

    03/08/2011 11:37:31 AM PST · by MadisonReagan · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/8/11 | The Washington Times
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.s obsession with racial grievance-mongering could get Americans burnt to a crisp in their own homes. Thats because his Justice Department is trying to force the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to hire flunkies who got 70 percent wrong on a basic, fire-related multiple-choice, open-book test. The exam was used to screen applicants to the fire academy. More than 90 percent of black and Hispanic test-takers passed, which isnt enough for liberals addicted to affirmative action. At Justices urging, federal district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis threw out FDNYs test results - blocking admittance to...
  • Memos: Firefighter refused call to Tucson shooting (Dem fireman; shocking story)

    02/18/2011 11:57:40 AM PST · by Wolfstar · 63 replies
    TUCSON, Ariz. A veteran firefighter refused to respond to last month's deadly shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded because he had different political views than his colleagues and "did not want to be part of it," according to internal city memos. Mark Ekstrum's insubordination may have delayed his unit's response because firefighters had to stop at another station to pick up a replacement for him, the Arizona Daily Star reported. While the crew was not among the first called to the supermarket where six people were killed and 13 others wounded, a memo from Ekstrum's supervisor said...
  • N.J. pension board members denounce former Harrison firefighter as a cheat, fraud

    01/12/2011 12:24:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    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 Attorney Generals Office for criminal investigation. Board members also said they plan to review whether they can recoup the money Ellis has been paid. "This is clearly fraud fraud to steal from the state of New Jersey pension fund," board...
  • Heartwarming child's gift

    11/28/2010 4:13:21 AM PST · by mountaineer1997 · 2 replies
    WCHS ^ | 11/28/2010 | Leslie Rubin
    Thanks to a generous and wonderful little guy who wants to make his, and our, world a bit better!
  • Fighting Fires

    10/18/2010 2:25:42 PM PDT · by neverhome · 6 replies
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 10.18.10 | Alan Burkhart
    In modern-day America one of the things most of us take for granted is the ability to punch "9-1-1" on any phone and instantly call for help during an emergency. Be it a burglar, a heart attack or a fire, help can be on the way in short order. We all know that medical professionals attend school for years to be able to do what they do. We know that law enforcement requires rigorous training to do the often dangerous work of patrolling our streets and helping us stay safe. But have you ever wondered just what a fire fighter...
  • (Transexual) Widow offers 'proof' husband knew history (Texas same sex marriage case)

    08/03/2010 1:39:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 24+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Aug. 3, 2010, 11:24AM | PEGGY O'HARE and MATTHEW WOOLBRIGHT
    Attorneys for the widow of a Wharton firefighter killed in the line of duty presented Monday what they called proof that the fallen hero knew of his wife's gender history. The evidence they presented (includes) an e-mail exchange and a witness statement... ...a legal battle centering on who stands to be paid monetary benefits resulting from Thomas Araguz's death.. Nikki Araguz's lawyers (argue the marriage)... was valid because of a new provision in the Texas Family Code that took effect last year, which allows a person to present a court order relating to a sex change to obtain a...
  • Suit claims widow of Wharton firefighter was born a man

    07/20/2010 1:27:32 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 119 replies · 3+ views
    Houston Chronicle (NYTimes of the South) ^ | July 18, 2010, 10:24PM | PAIGE HEWITT
    The family of a Wharton firefighter who died battling a massive egg farm blaze is fighting to keep his widow from receiving death benefits, arguing that the 37-year-old had found out his bride of two years was born a man. Thomas Araguz III separated from his wife after learning her history two months prior to being trapped in the fatal July 3 fire, according to attorney Chad Ellis, who is representing Araguz's parents in the lawsuit. "He was distraught. It was extremely difficult and embarrassing for Tommy," said Ellis, who added that there is no will for the estate, which...
  • Huntington mayor may pull away from firefighter grant

    05/27/2010 5:13:18 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 7 replies · 227+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 05/27/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    Huntington Indiana's Mayor Steve Updike, may refuse a grant that was issued to place 6 laid off firefighters back on the job. Updike laid off 6 firefighters last fall because of a city financial shortfall. The lay offs were part of a city wide layoff that caused the closing of a fire station in the community of 37,000.
  • Court says black firefighter lawsuit can proceed

    05/24/2010 8:27:55 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 13 replies · 726+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-24-10 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of African Americans did not wait too long to sue Chicago over a hiring test they challenged as discriminatory, freeing them to further press their case. It is the second time in as many years that the high court has tackled discrimination in testing within the firefighting ranks. In a landmark case last year, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said New Haven, Conn., violated white firefighters' civil rights, throwing out an exam in which no African-Americans scored high enough to be promoted to lieutenant or captain.
  • A Homeschool Graduation Tribute (vanity)

    05/21/2010 5:44:55 PM PDT · by Tucson_AZ · 8 replies · 275+ views
    Home School Graduation Ceremony ^ | May 20, 2010 | self
    From this proud papa to his son at his graduation - Daniel,Congratulations on your twin accomplishments of earning your home-schooled high school diploma and your JTED firefighter certifications.In choosing to become a firefighter, you have made a choice to do what few are brave enough to do - and even fewer will ever understand what you will go through. With your choice to join the fire service will come many blessings, much satisfaction, frequent frustrations, and occasionally, great heart-break. When the alarm goes off, along with the adrenaline rush, will be thoughts of what is this one - A false...
  • Man who stabbed L.A. firefighter at large

    05/19/2010 11:15:07 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 145+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Staff
    A man who stabbed a Los Angeles firefighter was at large today. The stabbing occurred while Charles Anthony MacDougall was trying to help someone in the Cecil Hotel at 640 S. Main St. about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. It was unclear what could have motivated the attack. Apparently, firefighters were flagged down by someone who needed medical attention. While that person was being treated, firefighters apparently were directed to someone else who needed attention, and the attack occurred as MacDougall went to take a look at the person. MacDougall is expected to be OK. No immediate arrests were made....
  • Dog, Los Angeles Firefighter Recovering After River Rescue.

    01/23/2010 11:58:52 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 39 replies · 1,296+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | 01/23/2010 | Staff
    A California firefighter who was bit by a German shepherd as he hoisted the dog to safety from the Los Angeles River on Friday is not holding it against the frightened dog. Joe St. Georges, a 25-year veteran of the L.A. Fire Department, told Fox News on Saturday that he suffered severe hand and arm injuries during the heroic helicopter rescue but is recovering.
  • Firefighter honored with PBSO combat cross for saving officer's life

    11/17/2009 3:38:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 439+ views
    sun-sentinal ^ | 13 November, 2009 | Jerome Burdi
    One of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's combat crosses given out Friday went to an unlikely candidate: a firefighter. It was the first combat cross the agency has given to someone who isn't a law enforcement officer. That's because County Fire-Rescue Capt. Edwin O'Berry helped stop an armed suspect who nearly beat a police officer to death. He stopped suspect Mauricio Cruz by shooting him. But it was also with the help of 13 firefighters that the officer was rescued. Those 12 men and one woman were honored with Samaritan awards at the Sheriff's Office annual awards ceremony.
  • Soldiers school Iraqis on firefighting skills

    11/10/2009 3:09:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 321+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, USA
    Iraqi firefighters from the 29th Center for Defense are blindfolded with taped bags before trying to enter a mock building to save a mock fire victim as Lisbon, Maine native, Cpl. John Curtis, a combat medic and former firefighter, watches closely during a joint-firefighting class on Joint Security Station Ur in northern Baghdad, Nov. 8. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, MND-B. BAGHDAD – An Iraqi firefighter feigns death and lies on the ground inside of a mock building to simulate a smoke-inhalation victim. His teammates, their vision obscured to simulate smoke-blindness, crawl along the ground with oxygen tanks strapped...
  • Chester City firefighter suspended over decal

    10/16/2009 12:46:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 2,104+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 16, 2009 | Joelle Farrell
    A Chester City firefighter was suspended without pay yesterday for refusing to remove an American flag sticker from his locker. James Krapf, an 11-year veteran of the department, could face more days of suspension if he does not remove the sticker, Fire Commissioner James Johnson said.
  • Three heroes of 9/11 die of cancer in five days

    10/13/2009 8:04:35 AM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies · 1,616+ views
    New York Daily news ^ | October 12th 2009 | Stephanie Gaskell
    A firefighter and two cops who worked at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after Sept. 11 have died of cancer in the past five days, the Daily News has learned. Family members and advocates are blaming their deaths on toxins released into the air after the twin towers collapsed - and they're urging Congress to act on a bill that would help pay for their medical care. "Everybody is denying that this stuff is connected to 9/11, but it is," said Stephen Grossman, whose son Robert died of cancer on Friday at the age of 44. Robert Grossman...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/21/2009 9:26:13 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 11 replies · 602+ views
    8/21/09 | Hiskid
    I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy (Phil. 1:3,4)
  • Firefighters Get Rude Welcome Home (Video On Site)

    08/19/2009 11:09:34 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies · 1,405+ views
    KTUU ^ | 08/19/2009 | Mike Ross
    WASILLA, Alaska -- A group of elite firefighters got a disturbing welcome home Tuesday: while they were out protecting Alaskans from wildfires, they became crime victims as well. They're called the Pioneer Peak Hotshots, a Type I crew that's usually right in the thick of things when major wildfires break out. But when they returned after two weeks on the fire line near Fairbanks, they faced a man-made disaster. Vandals had broken into and completely trashed their headquarters while they were gone. "They basically went through the entire room -- there were some state computers and state equipment in here...
  • Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter

    07/11/2009 5:45:04 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 63 replies · 2,352+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Michael Doyle and David Lightman
    WASHINGTON Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling. On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the "troubled and litigious work history" of firefighter Frank Ricci. This is opposition research: a constant shadow on Capitol Hill. "The whole business of getting Supreme Court nominees through the process has become bloodsport," said Gary Rose, a government and politics professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
  • Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter

    07/11/2009 5:24:06 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 59 replies · 1,666+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 7/10/09 | Michael Doyle and David Lightman
    WASHINGTON Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling. On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the "troubled and litigious work history" of firefighter Frank Ricci. This is opposition research: a constant shadow on Capitol Hill. "The whole business of getting Supreme Court nominees through the process has become bloodsport," said Gary Rose, a government and politics professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
  • A Cure for Racism in America: Seeing People As Individuals

    07/05/2009 9:49:41 AM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 15 replies · 896+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 07-05-09 | Lloyd Marcus
    Some people are screwed up. Broken. They choose to hate and nothing will change their minds. I believe most people are basically good. Given an opportunity, they work things out. Here is an example. In 1956, my dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd Marcus Sr, was one of the first blacks to break the color barrier into the Baltimore City Fire Department at Engine 6. Unlike the white firefighters, dad did not have free reign of the fire house. A bunk, toilet, sink and single set of eating utensils were marked reserved for him. Even the general coffee pot was off limits....
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg overheard calling the New Haven Firefighter test inherently racist...

    06/30/2009 3:25:33 PM PDT · by seven.sixtwo · 54 replies · 2,385+ views
    I heard this audio clip on the Roger Hedgecock show yesterday. posted here: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Test was racist?
  • Firefighter Masa's court hearing postponed (military leave fraud-worked for contractor)

    06/18/2009 8:20:48 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 2 replies · 444+ views
    Southtown Star (Chicago Suburban Paper) ^ | June 17, 2009 | KRISTEN SCHORSCH
    BY KRISTEN SCHORSCH Staff writer Accused fraudster firefighter Larry Masa's court hearing scheduled for today has been postponed to July 2. The former Orland Fire Protection District firefighter is accused of bilking the district out of more than $200,000 when between 2003 and 2006 he fraudulently claimed he was deployed overseas with the military. Though Masa is a veteran, he wasn't in the military during those stints, prosecutors say. He was working for a private contractor and falsely claiming military leave benefits from the fire district. Larry Masa timeline January 2007 - Larry Masa, then 42, of Morris, is...
  • Reverse Discrimination

    04/25/2009 6:44:32 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 32 replies · 1,053+ views
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in an important discrimination case brought by 20 firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut. They charge that the city passed them over for promotion, despite the fact they achieved high scores on their promotion test. Nineteen of the firefighters are white, one Latino. No blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. The city then threw out the entire test and promoted no one. The firefighters who passed the exam are claiming they were denied promotion because of their race.
  • White firefighter to get a trial on bias claim

    02/23/2009 5:24:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies · 1,317+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 20, 2009 | Nancy Bartley
    A Seattle firefighter who was the top scorer on a promotional test but was denied promotion, while a lower-scoring African-American co-worker was promoted, has won his appeal and will have a trial in his case against the city. Court of Appeals Division I this week reversed a King County Superior Court summary judgment and found in favor of Kevin Dumont, a white firefighter for the city of Seattle. "He is very, very happy with the outcome," said Andrew Kinstler, his attorney. "All Mr. Dumont has ever wanted is his day in court." The case will now go back to King...