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Retired Ohio firefighter benefitting from new device to help chronic knee pain

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Chuck Stenger loved being a firefighter in New Albany. But after serving for more than 30 years, his career was cut short by his knee. “Started noticing trouble with climbing a ladder, went to an orthopedic doc and was getting shots of cortisone," Stenger said. One day, the pain was so bad Stenger said he fell over while helping a patient.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV FOX 28 Columbus

VIDEO: Smoke clears at Illinois industrial park fire nearly 14 hours later

After keeping fire crews busy for nearly 14 hours, an industrial park fire in Sauget that filled the air with smoke is finally out. Fire crews cleared the scene just before 6:00 a.m. at the Eagle Industrial Park on Mississippi Avenue in Sauget. The Sauget Fire Chief, Roger Thornton, said some crews may return throughout the day to check on a few small hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis

Texas firefighter says next-generation pacemaker allowed him to get back to work

World Heart Day is just a few days away, and in honor of that, one Houston firefighter is sharing his story of how his own fellow first responders came to his rescue when his heart nearly stopped. Being a firefighter is not an easy job. But for Engineer Operator Jason Belin, it’s a job he loves but nearly had to quit after he got quite the scare back in June.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

Red Sox pay tribute to fallen Baltimore firefighters

VIDEO: The Red Sox paid tribute to three fallen Baltimore firefighters during a baseball game in Boston on Monday. The team flashed pictures of Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Firefighter Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo and Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler on the Fenway Park jumbotron during a break in the game. Lieutenant Butrim was a lifelong Red Sox fan.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

At Freedom House in Pennsylvania, these Black men saved lives; Now the paramedics are a book topic

PHOTOS: John Moon stands on the 2000 block of Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh's Hill District. He's in front of a building that houses the Hill District Federal Credit Union, but he points to a plaque affixed to the stone façade commemorating the Freedom House ambulance service, widely acknowledged as the first paramedic program in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEKU-FM 88.9 Richmond

11 Minutes Documentary Details 2017 Mass Shooting at Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival

VIDEO: Jason Aldean remembers hearing a popping noise, and thinking it was an equipment malfunction. “When I turned around,” he says, “my bass player was just looking at me like a deer in the headlights. And my security guy was on stage at that point, telling me to get down, waving me off the stage.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cowboys & Indians Magazine

New state-of-the-art fire station being built in Florida focuses on hot zone concept

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A new state-of-the-art fire station is under construction in Riviera Beach, and once complete, city leaders believe it will be a model for the rest of the country. City manager Jonathan Evans and city councilman Douglas Lawson received a tour of the $20 million facility, with Riviera Beach Fire Chief John Curd leading the way through the 30,000 square-foot building at the corner of North Congress Avenue and Blue Heron Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach

Vermont fire department will always remember Firegirl 15A1

PHOTOS: Over the past six years, when the volunteer firefighters of Essex Fire Department in Vermont responded to a call, they knew a young girl in their community was thinking of them and waiting for their safe return. They can just look at their newest fire engine if they ever need reminding of her presence and support.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pierce Manufacturing

Hackers steal South Carolina fire department’s paychecks

Hackers allegedly stole over $8,000 in paychecks following an email hack from an Upstate fire department. According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Reidville Fire Department located at 3380 Hwy 417 on a report of fraud/payroll theft. Once deputies arrived on the scene, they spoke with Fire Chief Patrick Evatt.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence

Maryland fire department planning to celebrate 150 year anniversary

VIDEO: The 150th anniversary of the Salisbury Fire Department is a little over a month away. And first responders are gearing up for the fun. Staff says there will be live rescue demonstrations, tours of the firehouse, a parade, and a visit from a special guest. On top of having a good time, you’ll be able to see the growth of how far the department has come.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMDT-TV ABC/CW+ 47 Salisbury

New program in Maine will allow EMS clinicians to initiate Suboxone treatment after overdoses

For people struggling with addiction in Maine, the risk of a deadly overdose has never been higher. Data from Maine EMS shows overdose calls for all substances increased 28% from 2020 to 2021 and 62% from 2010 to 2021. According to the agency, the number of opioid overdoses also increased dramatically, rising 38% from 2020 to 2021.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTW-TV ABC 8 Poland Spring

VIDEO: Louisiana fire department investigates fire that destroyed historic downtown building

PHOTOS: A fire Wednesday evening that destroyed a vacant, historic building in downtown Shreveport is under investigation, Fire Chief Clarence Reece said Thursday morning. “Anytime a building catches on fire after it's been standing for a while, it’s always going to be suspicious in nature. But again, we are doing our due diligence in investigating that,” Reece said.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Blind boy 'sees' firefighters for the first time with hands-on visit at Florida fire station

VIDEO: Most kids can instantly recognize a firefighter by their uniform, but it's different for a child who is blind. That all changed for 6-year-old Junie during a recent trip to Plant City Fire Rescue's Station #3 with fellow homeschool students. The group got the chance to tour the station and explore the fire trucks.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

California fire stations upgrade with DIY solar-powered generators

VIDEO: Three Sonoma County fire stations are now equipped with a new emergency response tool: mobile generators powered by the sun. On Thursday, firefighters got a hands-on lesson on how they work. "What we're building here is a solar-powered generator," said Jim Kracke with the Sonoma Valley Fire Department "This is going to be in one of our stations.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Firefighters lost to 9/11 illnesses top 300 with latest deaths

VIDEO: The death toll of firefighters felled by 9/11-related illnesses has surpassed 300, with one of the latest victims buried Thursday following a funeral Mass in Floral Park. Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph McKie, 60, who died Sunday, was transported to Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in an America-flag-draped casket atop a fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday - Metered Site

New Mexico fire rescue mural repainted after vandalism

VIDEO: The area around Fire Station 1 in Albuquerque is looking a lot brighter. The mural on the side of the station has been repainted. Albuquerque Fire Rescue says they reached out to the artist who created it after someone vandalized one of the faces and asked him if he could fix it. Instead, he repainted the entire thing.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV CBS 13 Albuquerque

VIDEOS: Questions raised about infrastructure after semi-truck goes off Texas overpass, killing driver

An investigation is underway after a truck driver died when an 18-wheeler went off a highway overpass in Allen, Texas, and officials are also looking into the road's infrastructure. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 75 and Stacy Road. Dash camera video from a witness showed the semi-truck plummeting off the U.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

Florida firefighters 'camp' in RV as city inches toward construction of $2 million fire station

PHOTOS: For almost a year, a Keystone Cougar recreational vehicle in Haney Creek Park has been the home of Stuart Fire Rescue temporary Station No. 3. Two firefighters rotate through 24-hour shifts in a camp-like environment, parked next to a gazebo with a smoker and grill at the ready. And unlike crews staffing Stuart's two existing fire stations — on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCPalm - Metered Site

New high-tech scan helps former Southern California firefighter extinguish prostate cancer in its earliest stages

VIDEO: New technology that's allowing doctors to pinpoint prostate cancer long before it becomes a threat is now widely available. A former firefighter mentioned how this new imaging technique helped him extinguish prostate cancer before it spread. "I think firefighters tend to be aggressive," said retired Colton Fire Chief Thomas Hendrix.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Chicago Tylenol murders: 2 firefighters tied deaths together in 40 year old unsolved case that began with a terrifying medical mystery

A suburban police detective climbs the steps of the main Cook County criminal courthouse in hopes of ending a 40-year-old mystery. The Tylenol murders, as they are commonly known, have been his investigation since he assumed responsibility for the cold case more than 15 years ago. Now, he and several other law enforcement officials believe they have solved the killings.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site

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