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Five dead after shooting at Maryland newspaper

Five people were killed on Thursday when a man with a shotgun opened fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland’s capital, in a "targeted attack," police said. The suspect had sued the paper six years ago and lost. "This person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm," Bill Krampf, deputy police chief of Anne Arundel County, said at a news conference Thursday evening.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Connecticut firefighter suffers serious injuries to face extinguishing fire caused by lightning

Town firefighters responded to fires potentially caused by lightning Thursday, one of which seriously injured a firefighter, officials said. Around 6:40 p.m., the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call for a structure fire in the 1000 block of Mill Hill Road. Several units were dispatched to the residence and the first units on scene reported smoke coming from a large detached garage.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fairfield Citizen

New York prosecutors to decide if charges justified in FDNY firefighter brawl

Bronx prosecutors are getting into the mix to decide if charges are justified in a drunken brawl between firefighters, the Daily News has learned. Earlier this month, a full-on firefighter fracas exploded between off-duty uniformed smoke eaters when someone was called the N-word. The fight happened in Billy’s Bar, near Yankee Stadium, between the Bronx’s Rescue Company 3 and members of Ladder Company 49 and Engine Company 68, The News reported — adding that no arrests were made at the time.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Board Prevents Firing of 'Obese' Massachusetts Firefighter

The city’s Retirement Board has blocked Fire Chief Brian Moriarty from firing a 250-pound firefighter who the chief alleged is unfit for duty because of his weight. Morarity directed firefighter Alfredo Sanchez, a 17-year-veteran of the force, to retire when Sanchez returned from an 18-month disability leave after tearing a ligament in his knee.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

Virginia firefighters concerned about department’s mandatory overtime policy

Dozens of firefighters attended the Newport News City Council meeting on Tuesday hoping to be heard. Donnie Lewis, President of the Newport News Firefighter's Association, says a mandatory overtime policy is exhausting city firefighters. “Our firefighters are the best in the world, I think. They do a great job…but there’s a limit," said Lewis.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News

Philadelphia firefighter, 62, dies after training exercise injury

A 34-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died Wednesday at Aria Torresdale Hospital, two days after he was critically injured at the Fire Academy in Holmesburg. Lt. Benny Hutchins, 62, who joined the Fire Department in 1984, was participating in a training exercise at the academy at 5200 Pennypack St.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com

Texas fire cadet dies after unknown medical emergency, officials say

An Austin Fire cadet died at the hospital on Tuesday, according to the a tweet sent Tuesday evening from the department. The cadet was identified as Devon Coney. "Immense sadness over the passing of one of our best and brightest, Devon Coney, who died earlier this evening at a local hospital. Devon’s positive attitude, ever-present kindness and joy, and megawatt smile are just a few of the many things we’ll miss," Austin Fire tweeted Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC Austin

Supreme Court says forcing public employees to pay union fees violates free speech

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of public employees' First Amendment rights to decline to pay union dues, marking a potential blow to the funding for influential unions of public employees. The decision marks a big moment for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who voted with the majority and broke the tie from 2016 when the court was split 4-4 in the same case after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

Video: Rhode Island firefighter falls out of window while battling blaze

A video shows a firefighter falling out of a burning home while evacuating. WJAR reported that 28-year veteran Lt. Michael Hillier fell head-first out of a second-story window while trying to escape the flames. “He fell evacuating the building,” Battalion Chief Steven Houle said. “He was coming down the ladder.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Ohio fire department puts new purple fire engine in service

PHOTO - The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department’s new purple fire engine is in service. In fact, it was christened Wednesday when it was called to a minor traffic accident on Ohio 7 at Hanover Street, Lt. Justin Matz said. The custom pumper truck, which cost $488,616, was manufactured by Sutphen in Columbus, Ohio.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times Leader

Pawnee Fire in California grows to 13,000 acres

Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the Pawnee Fire in Lake County, which has grown to 13,000 acres. So far, it is 25 percent contained. At least 22 structures have been destroyed and 600 remain threatened, and there's a mandatory evacuation order for the Spring Valley community. There was a break for firefighters on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

Ohio Fire Chief reflects on 34-year career

Both proud service to his city and encounters with tragedy marked the 34-year career of Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Chief Luis Santiago. After announcing his retirement in a letter to firefighters earlier this month, Chief Santiago during an interview with The Blade Tuesday said retiring was absolutely a difficult decision, but a combination of factors made the timing right.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade

Former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner William Richmond dies

William C. Richmond, who was Philadelphia’s fire commissioner during the 1985 MOVE bombing, died Monday, June 25, at home. He was 86. A death notice posted by his family did not provide a cause. Mr. Richmond was a Korean War veteran and served as a Philadelphia police officer for two years before beginning a 28-year career at the Fire Department, rising from firefighter to commissioner, a position he held from 1984 to 1988.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PHILLY.COM

Fallen firefighter's family battles Houston over benefits

More than a year after a Houston firefighter died of cancer, her husband is fighting for benefits he says his wife earned. It appeared he even had the fire chief on his side. It's just the latest case of Houston heroes having a tough time fighting the city's workers' compensation system. ABC13 has reported on police officers struggling with the system.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

New York firefighters recover prosthetic leg worth $127,000

On Sunday, the Corinth Fire Department reunited a lost prosthetic leg with its owner. The original call came in Thursday from Saratoga County Dispatch -- a male amputee had lost his prosthetic leg -- valued at $127,000 -- off the back of his jetski in the Hudson River. "He said when he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident it truly affected him, but after he so called lost his leg for a second time, it almost affected him more.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRGB-TV CBS 6

Pawnee Fire in California grows to 13,500 acres

Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the Pawnee Fire in Lake County, which has grown to 13,000 acres. So far, it is 25 percent contained. At least 22 structures have been destroyed and 600 remain threatened, and there's a mandatory evacuation order for the Spring Valley community. There was a break for firefighters on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

Long Beach, Calif. man set blaze to lure firefighters police say

A 77-year-old man set a fire to lure firefighters to his Southern California retirement home so he could shoot them, authorities said. The attack killed one firefighter and wounded another. Thomas Kim was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson but investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attack in the southern Los Angeles suburb, Police Chief Robert Luna said.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Safety concerns prompt Seattle Fire Dept. to increase staffing for calls at homeless shelters

Citing concerns about firefighter safety, the Seattle Fire Department has doubled the number of people who will respond to calls at homeless shelters in Pioneer Square. Capt. Shata Stephenson said in a statement that the department has gone from having two or four firefighters respond to “certain locations within Pioneer Square” to “at least six.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Massachusetts firefighters free maintenance worker trapped under school lockers

A custodian had to be rescued Monday afternoon after she was pinned under a bank of lockers while cleaning at Medway Middle School. “These lockers are probably about seven years old and at this point, we’re completely unsure of what went on,” said Medway Town Administrator Michael Boynton. Boynton says he doesn’t know why the lockers gave way because they’re supposed to be bolted to the wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Boston

California fire chief released after city assessment

Vallejo Fire Chief Jack McArthur has been released from his position with the department, City Hall confirmed Monday. The move comes after City Manager Greg Nyhoff completed an “assessment of the city organization,” said City Hall spokeswoman Joanna Altman in a statement released to the Times-Herald.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald

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