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New documentary recounts deadly 1981 Star Hotel fire in Vermont

VIDEO: Nearly 40 years ago, a fire at the Star Hotel in Bellows Falls claimed the lives of two young firefighters. Now, there's a new documentary out during Fire Prevention Week helping to raise money for a park dedicated to them. The evening of Dec. 29, 1981, firefighters were called to a blaze at the hotel.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAX-TV CBS 3 Burlington

VIDEO: Truckload of New C8 Corvettes in Tennessee Goes Up in Flames

Corvette fans, you might want to look away for this one. Videos shared early on Wednesday by Corieblue Fickes to Facebook show what looks to be a truckload of newly built C8-generation Chevrolet Corvettes going up in flames in a parking lot roughly 30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee—about an hour and a half south of the car's Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Road and Track

California firefighters responded to a person stuck on cliffside; They found a mannequin instead

A cliff rescue resulted in a surprise for firefighters in Santa Barbara on Monday. Crews were dispatched to Hope Ranch Beach around 4 p.m. after receiving reports of a person stuck on a cliff about 30 feet down. After arriving with UTV's, a drone, fire engines and a truck, firefighters discovered the "person" in need was a hanging mannequin.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Maine father and son firefighting team honored before heading overseas for deployment

A father and son firefighting team in Hermon was honored Wednesday before they head overseas for deployment. The Hermon Fire Department presented Eric and Noah Campbell with the Blue Star Flag. It’s given to military members serving overseas. Eric had been set to retire from the department, but getting the opportunity to work directly with his son changed his mind.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor

Connecticut's bravest show breast cancer support with custom pink helmet badges

Local firefighters will be showing off their colorful side this month, with unique pink ribbon badges adorning their helmet fronts. Pink ribbons are a universal symbol of breast cancer prevention and support and typically worn during Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Wilson said the decision to go with pink helmet badges was made to show support and solidarity for the cause.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Shelton Herald

US could see 'twindemic' of severe flu and COVID-19

October typically marks the beginning of the flu season and it's coming with new warnings of a possible "twindemic" of COVID-19 and influenza. The United States and much of the world got a welcome break from the flu last year with fewer cases than any time in recent history. The coronavirus was spreading fast but pandemic mitigation measures like masking, social distancing and people going to school and working remotely left few opportunities for the flu virus to spread.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

Two firefighters injured fighting explosive 3-alarm fire in Oregon

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Two firefighters were injured Tuesday afternoon while fighting a 3-alarm fire that burned through a building in Southeast Portland. Crews were called out at about noon Tuesday on reports of black smoke coming from a building near the intersection of Southeast 13th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Woman Charged With 3rd-Degree Murder in Crash That Killed Pennsylvania Firefighter

A New Jersey woman who police said drove her jeep through an emergency area on I-76 in Montgomery County over the summer and struck and killed a firefighter while injuring three other first responders is now charged with third-degree murder. Her initial DUI charge was dropped. Jacqueline Walker, 63, of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, is charged with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and other related offenses.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia

California firefighters become targets of retaliation after finding backpack with guns

VIDEO: A fire station in the Oakland hills would seem to be an unlikely spot for a confrontation over guns, let alone one in which firefighters were threatened. "It's unfortunate when violence or threats come home to us in the firehouse," said Zac Unger, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 55.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Oklahoma firefighters grant retired fire captain's wish of one last ride in a fire engine

PHOTO/VIDEOS: Jerald Allison wanted one more ride in a fire engine. The retired Muskogee fire department captain was overheard by residents and workers at Azalea Gardens Memory Care say that he wanted to take one more ride. One of the workers who heard him was Hope Hardesty, who also serves with the Okay Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Muskogee Phoenix

Widow of Florida firefighter denied cancer death benefit; County argues it was a ‘personal medical condition’

When Orange County Fire rescue veteran Erik Siena lost his five-month battle with brain cancer this past May, his wife Christy filed for the line-of-duty death benefit provided under Florida Senate Bill 426. Christy, who served as a paramedic with the department for 16 years, never received out-of-pocket medical expenses, the $7,500 designated for funeral expenses or the $75,000 death benefit promised under the existing law.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Iowa hotel fire forces people to jump from windows, 2 hospitalized

VIDEO: Flames forced people and children to jump to safety in West Des Moines Monday night. Fire crews spent all night putting out a large fire at Valley West Inn on Westtown Parkway. The first crews out arrived just minutes after the building went up in flames. They were able to get everybody out, but that took some time.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

Take a behind-the-scenes look at airport fire-and-rescue department in Minnesota

PHOTOS: There are some airport amenities you can’t wait to use. The Shake Shack in JFK’s Terminal 4. A newly renovated lounge. A fun shop, or a runway viewing deck. One of the most important services, though, which just about every commercial airport has, is one that you hope you’ll never need. Every airport has an on-site fire-and-rescue department, often known as ARFF (airport rescue and firefighting), which responds to accidents and crashes on the airfield, emergency landings and other emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Points Guy

Troopers say man assaulted Pennsylvania paramedics, damaged ambulance at homeless shelter

A homeless man was jailed early Sunday after state police charged him with assaulting two Mutual Aid paramedics and damaging an ambulance that was dispatched to treat him at a Derry Township shelter. Michael J. Muchnock III, 38, who has lived in Hempfield, was arrested on multiple criminal charges, including aggravated assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment, institutional vandalism and simple assault after the 1 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLive.com/Tribune-Review

Young Texas bachelor firefighter heats up this season’s The Bachelorette

Does a Houston bachelor face a rosy or thorny future on The Bachelorette? We’ll soon find out. On September 27, ABC revealed the 30 men who will woo Michelle Young, the star of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. The season premieres October 19. Among the men vying for Young’s roses — and ultimately her heart — is a man from the Bayou City.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Culture Map

Florida Senator files bill to stiffen penalties for firefighter murderers

Republican Sen. Ed Hooper is proposing legislation that would stiffen criminal penalties related to the murder of a on-duty firefighter. Under the proposal (SB 370), the convicted murderer of a firefighter would face the same consequences as a person who killed a police or correctional officer — life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Florida Politics

VIDEO: Tanker catches fire after overturning on I-287 in New Jersey; at least 1 dead

The driver of a gasoline tanker was killed in a fiery crash Saturday morning along Interstate 287 in New Jersey, state police said. The tanker truck overturned around 6:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway at MP 66 in Mahwah, a spokesperson for the NJSP said. Video from the crash site shows a massive fire on the interstate's shoulder, with thick plumes of black smoke filling the skies above.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

Fire Prevention Week kicks off to honor firefighters, first responders

This Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, the United States is honoring the brave firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to protect Americans in Fire Prevention Week. During this week of awareness, it's important for Americans to learn fire prevention and safety and commit to taking the necessary steps to prevent fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS News 10 Tampa

Competition fires up at New Mexico Firefighter Combat Challenge

PHOTOS: Firefighters from across New Mexico dashed upstairs, sprayed their hoses and dragged dummies. They were competing in Carlsbad's annual Firefighter Combat Challenge held Friday and Saturday on Canyon Street in downtown Carlsbad. The event saw fire departments and other agencies compete in a series of obstacles intended to simulate real, on-the-job challenges firefighters face when saving lives and battling blazes.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carlsbad Current Argus

Fire/Rescue in Colorado celebrates a century of service

PHOTOS: This weekend, Craig Fire/Rescue celebrated 100 years of service, full of fire truck rides, cornhole games and tours of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. However, that wasn’t always the case. Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, said that before Craig established its fire services, the tools that the community did have were primitive.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Craig Daily Press