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Officials Rally for Extension of 9/11 Health Bill

Standing in the shadow of the towering rebuilt World Trade Center, scores of firefighters and police officers, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and two United States senators from New York, rallied on Sunday to press Congress to extend a 9/11 health bill. The bill would pay for medical care for emergency medical workers and others, including police officers, firefighters and construction workers who risked their lives on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new york times

Firefighters' Survivors Share Stories at NFFF Conference

While researchers were lauded for their work and clinicians were praised for their initiatives, the two gaining the most applause at a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation conference here last week were a son and a wife who shared their stories about losing a loved one to a heart attack. Organizers of the Heart to Heart seminar included brief case studies of young firefighters who suffered fatal heart attacks, but hearing the personal stories from survivors moved the audience to tears.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

U.S. Attorney to probe New York fire department's missing millions

The office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, which recently won the conviction of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges, has taken over the inquiry into the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department and its missing millions of dollars in taxpayer funds. Bharara’s involvement comes as The Journal News has learned of the extensive financial ties between Putnam County law enforcement and a company owned by Michael Klein, the department’s former treasurer, who resigned in late September as the investigation heated up.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News

Illinois firefighter dies while performing CPR

A firefighter in south suburban Matteson died while performing CPR on a shopper at Wal-Mart. The firefighter, identified as 49-year-old Mark Zielinski, was called to the store at 21410 S. Cicero Avenue in Matteson Friday afternoon for a medical emergency. He had been with the Matteson Fire Department for 13 years, after spending many years working for the fire department in Harvey.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 WB Chicago

Rhode Island city says it will prosecute firefighters for not working in staffing standoff

The city says it will prosecute firefighters for not reporting to work when called to fill in for absences, as tensions between the firefighters union and city grow. Two engines and two ladders were not staffed Saturday night because too few firefighters were available, said city officials. “Firefighters who would have been eligible for callbacks tonight have refused,” according to a statement from Evan England, the spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: providence journal

Federal Agency: Kansas City firefighters killed in alley shouldn’t have been there

Unacceptable. That’s what a federal agency says of firefighters being positioned near the walls of a burning building that is in danger of collapsing, just to protect an adjacent building. Larry Leggio John Mesh Larry Leggio John Mesh 1 of 2 John Mesh Yet that’s exactly what happened when two Kansas City firefighters were killed more than seven weeks ago, according to interviews and analysis by The Kansas City Star.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the kansas city star

North Carolina Chief Injured in Hit and Run Accident

Troopers are looking for the driver who hit a Rockingham County emergency responder and kept on driving. The hit-and-run crash happened Saturday night just before 9:00 on US 29 South. Trooper Danny Burgess says Ruffin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Brown was helping a driver involved in another crash when he was hit by the unknown driver.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Retrial in Pittsburgh line of duty death related arson dredges up painful memories

Tom Kolenda said his family struggled for two decades to move forward since the tragedy that became known as the “Bricelyn Street Fire.” His nephew was one of three Pittsburgh firefighters who died in the East Hills house, set ablaze by the homeowner's son so they could collect the insurance money, a jury decided.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Man accused of slashing a fire hose during Baltimore riots faces federal charges

A man charged with slashing a fire hose outside the Penn-North CVS that was set on fire during the riots last April now faces federal charges. Authorities allege Greg Butler Jr., 23, was the man who was seen on national television wearing a gas mask and cutting a hose that firefighters attempted to use to extinguish the burning CVS pharmacy.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun

Worcester remembers 6 firefighters killed in Massachusetts warehouse blaze 16 years ago

Sixteen years ago, a group of firefighters who have become known as the “Worcester Six” died while battling the flames that overtook the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co building. On Thursday, the Worcester Fire Department will remember the six men with a 6 p.m. gathering at the Franklin Street fire station, where a bell will sound at 6:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston.com

Man charged with killing Michigan firefighter competent to stand trial

Lansing firefighter Bruce Wheeler jumped out of the way of a speeding pickup truck, looking into the eyes of the driver, just before it struck and killed his friend and fellow firefighter Dennis Rodeman. It was that close encounter, which Wheeler described in testimony Thursday, that led prosecutors to add another charge against 23-year-old Grant Taylor — assault with intent to murder.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lansing State Journal

9/11 First Responders Press Congress To Extend Zadroga Act

A day after undergoing chemotherapy, 9/11 first responder Robert Digiovanni stood angrily outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office, railing about politics interfering with life-or-death issues. Digiovanni, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had been lobbying for legislation to extend expired health care benefits for himself and others who were exposed to toxic dust after the 2001 attacks in New York.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS New York

Group works to reduce heart disease risk for firefighters

When 44-year-old D.C. firefighter Kevin McRae died in the line of duty it wasn't the flames or falling debris that caused his death. McRae, like many other firefighters, died because of a heart attack while climbing in full gear to help put out a blaze at an apartment building in Shaw. About 66 percent of firefighter deaths in the line of duty are from heart attacks, making it the number one cause of line of duty deaths for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA9.com

Worcester Cold Storage fire 16 years later: Six firefighters who died to be remembered

The six Worcester firefighters who died battling the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. blaze 16 years ago will be remembered Thursday evening during an event at the Franklin Street Fire Station. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. Firefighters, public officials and people from around the area gathered at the fire station last year as the city honored the firefighters during the 15th anniversary of the fire that took the lives of fire Lt.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: masslive

Former FDNY battalion chief, 52, dies from cancer he was diagnosed with after he responded to World Trade Center on 9/11

While Congress drags its heels on renewing the Zadroga Act, a hero former FDNY battalion chief was buried on Wednesday after succumbing to World Trade Center-related cancer, officials said. Manhattan Battalion Chief James Costello, 52, died the day before Thanksgiving and was buried in New Jersey after a Catholic funeral mass, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Ohio city, firefighters reach settlement in long-pending promotional suit

Akron and the plaintiff firefighters in a long-pending promotions lawsuit have reached a settlement that avoided what would have been a third trial. The city must pay $1.04 million in back pay and pre-judgment interest to the firefighters. “This allows them to look in the rear view mirror and say, ‘God, that decade is over,’” said Bruce Elfvin, an attorney for the firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: akron beacon

How to start your fire grant application now

It is official, the 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant application period will open at 8 a.m. Dec. 7, and close Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. A number of us aren't too happy with the idea that we may be wrapping our presents while wrapping up our AFG application. So here are a few simple tips to ensure that you can begin the day the application period opens and complete it with time to still enjoy the holidays.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Pennsylvania assistant chief charged with having sex with junior firefighter applicant back on job

An assistant fire chief facing charges for having sex with an underage girl who applied to be a junior firefighter is back on duty before his case is heard in court. New Florence Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Kenny Steiner is facing 12 counts related to the alleged sexual contact involving Steiner and a girl who had applied to be a junior firefighter in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh

Firefighter Describes Horrifying Ordeal at New York Fire Scene

There wasn't anything different about Tuesday's fire call to Selden Road, according to LeRoy Acting Fire Chief Tim Hogle."It was our typical, should've been a normal fire scene that we've been on numerous times in my numerous years with the fire service," Hogle said. But as we already know, that call was anything but normal.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WROC-TV CBS 8 Rochester

Attorney: Maine fire chief willing to testify against chief of neighboring department

The fire chief of a neighboring department is prepared to testify that the Owls Head fire chief failed on several fronts in his response to a blaze that destroyed a commercial garage here in 2013, according to an attorney in a civil case. South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood will be an expert witness and is ready to testify if the case goes to trial, according to a memorandum filed on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: bangor daily news