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Post Office Named for Fallen Chicago Firefighter

The Mount Greenwood post office was renamed Sunday the "Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office," in honor of a beloved fallen Chicago firefighter. It was a ceremony to rename his neighborhood post office. Herbie Johnson was an Illinois Medal of Honor winner for rescuing several children from a burning building, and was well known and well liked in the department and in his South Side community.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Column: New York department's fire feud under investigation

The political powers of Yonkers are trying to keep the public from knowing much, if anything, about a bizarre fist fight that broke out between the city’s fire commissioner and one of his officers. This happened at a YFD Christmas party held on the evening of Dec. 11 at the Fairways, a catering hall at the county-owned Dunwoodie golf course in Yonkers.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)

Minnesota's fire fatalities have spiked to 52 this year

Emergency vehicles were clogging the South St. Paul street as Chanry Soeng arrived home after working the second shift at a Lakeville packaging plant. When she realized they were at her house, she sprinted toward the door, demanding to see her children. First responders restrained her, then delivered terrible news: her husband, Soeun Sem, 60, and the couple’s youngest son, 2-year-old Eric, had died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star-tribune

New phone app turns ordinary Californians into first responders

Sacramento-area fire agencies last week unveiled a new mobile phone app that recruits passers-by to respond to cardiac emergencies. The PulsePoint app is designed to alert ordinary citizens when someone nearby needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Those trained in CPR can then run over and begin administering aid before medical personnel arrive.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

New York firefighter dies after being stricken during call

A 19-year-old Mount Marion fire captain died Saturday evening while fighting a house fire in the Centerville Fire District, authorities said Sunday. At the Mount Marion Fire Department headquarters on Old Kings Highway and Glasco Turnpike Sunday morning, a sign outside paid tribute to volunteer fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kingston daily freeman

Texas firefighter collapses during training

A firefighter died after collapsing during a training Saturday. Firefighter Close Calls reported that Stacy Crawford, 47, with the Emergency Services District #1, was participating in training exercises at a fire station in Powell, Texas when he collapsed. Crews tried to resuscitate Crawford, but were unsuccessful.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Recording shows Kansas City firefighters who died were in alley 6 minutes after collapse zone called

A radio recording released Friday indicates that six minutes elapsed between the time emergency tones were sounded to announce the creation of a collapse zone at a fire Oct. 12 and when a wall collapsed, killing two Kansas City firefighters. The timing is significant because safety experts say all fire personnel should be instructed to exit a collapse zone immediately after one has been established around an empty building.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the kansas city star

Big settlement for Indiana paramedic fired for having diabetes

A diabetic Indiana woman who lost her job as a fire department paramedic has settled a federal discrimination lawsuit with the township for $725,000, marking what is likely the largest amount awarded in the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act for someone with diabetes. Kristine Rednour, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12, brought legal action against the Wayne Township Fire Department after she was fired in 2011 because of "medical events" caused by her illness, according to her complaint filed in the U.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Indianapolis Star

Reputed Chicago mob crew member not hot on firefighter career

Reputed Cicero street crew member Paul Carparelli wants a federal judge to give him a break when he is sentenced Monday for extorting money from debtors because he once served as a suburban firefighter. Federal prosecutors, though, say Carparelli isn’t exactly firefighter-of-the-year material, according to a transcript of a secretly recorded conversation.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago sun-times

Maine firefighters rescue man from vehicle dangling over 60-foot gorge

VIDEO - Rangeley Fire Cheif Tim Pellerin said his team and many surrounding communities used extensive rope training techniques for a three-hour operation to rescue a driver teetering on a rock ledge. Pellerin said a commercial truck veered off Route 4 at Small Falls, hit a guardrail and went airborne, landing on a rock ledge some 40 feet off the roadway.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland

Wife of fallen Chicago firefighter sues building owner, alleging OSHA violations

The family of Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against the owner of the building where Capuano suffered fatal injuries during a fall down an unprotected elevator shaft. Julie Capuano, the firefighter's wife, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Anilroshi, the company that owns the two-story brick warehouse at 9213 S.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Maryland Firefighters Charged With Assaulting Rival Crew at House Fire

Two volunteer firefighters have been charged with assault after two other firefighters, women from another station, say the men tried to force them out of a home as they battled a blaze in Lanham, Maryland. Christopher Kelly and Jeff Miller of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department both have been charged with assault and obstruction in the reported turf war, according to charging documents.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc washington

Former Atlanta fire chief wrongful-firing case to proceed

A wrongful-termination case filed by Atlanta’s former fire chief can proceed, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May was asked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta to throw out the case filed by Kelvin Cochran. But Judge May granted most of Mr. Cochran’s motions, including his primary claims of unconstitutional retaliation; discrimination based on his viewpoint; and violation of his rights to freedom of religion, association and due process.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington times

Los Angeles outsources firefighters exam, which will now come with a price tag

Members of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to replace the test the city uses to hire new firefighters, the latest change to a selection process that Mayor Eric Garcetti has struggled to reform in his bid to root out nepotism and diversify the department’s rank and file.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

House, Senate Expected to Vote on Zadroga Act Renewal

Renewal of the Zadroga Act, legislation that provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 attacks, has been included in the year-end tax and spending bill Congress is to consider later this week. An $8.1 billion measure to renew the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will be included in a $1.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com

Missouri firefighter apparently commits suicide near fire station

Kansas City police are investigating a fatal shooting, possibly self-inflicted, of a Kansas City firefighter at 34th and the Paseo, near a fire station. A resident of the area heard a gunshot, looked outside and saw the body between Kansas City Fire Station 17 and a residence to the south, police said.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star

Wildfires: Congress can't reach deal on Forest Service's fire funding problem

A potential deal to fix the U.S. Forest Service's chronic wildfire funding problem collapsed Wednesday in Congress. The lack of action means the Forest Service continues to face the prospect of cannibalizing its budget to fight wildfires while having fewer resources to reduce fire danger in the first place.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregonlive.com

Key Evidence in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy Never Provided to Official Investigators

Key evidence that could explain why the Granite Mountain Hotshots moved from a safe location into a treacherous box canyon where 19 men died on June 30, 2013, was in the Office of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's possession but was not provided to a contracted state investigation into the disaster, autopsy records obtained by New Times show.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: phoenix news times

Fire Chief: Convicted arsonists working for Illinois fire department are not a threat

For the past couple of weeks, the Washington Park Fire Department has been busy putting out multiple fires, but it's department chief is now answering questions about the past of some firefighters. “Yes, I know both of my deputy chief and both my captain are both convicted of arson,” said Fire Chief Charles Schreiber said.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kmov.com

2 die in medical helicopter crash in Arizona

A medical helicopter crashed in Arizona, killing two crew members, the copter's owner said. A third crew member is safe, said Christina Brodsly, spokeswoman for the company Air Methods. There were no patients aboard the aircraft, when it went down. "We are deeply saddened by the news that two of our crew members were taken from us, and our hearts go out to their family and loved ones," the company said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn

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