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On 1st day of summer, Milwaukee Fire Department kicks off ‘Warm Up Winter’ campaign to buy coats for kids

VIDEO: Even though winter is months away, Milwaukee firefighters are thinking about keeping kids warm. Firefighters were out collecting donations to support ‘Warm Up Winter, a Kids Coats Initiative" on Thursday. The three-day fundraising campaign raises money to provide kids in the community with warm outerwear in the winter months.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 7:44:13 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Chippewa County: Emergency services detour around Paint Creek; local establishments keep eye on water levels

For more than a month, those seeking emergency services in the town of Lafayette have had about a five-minute detour between them and trained help. But those five minutes could drastically change the situation. “It’s been an impact,” John Andersen, deputy chief of prevention with the Chippewa Fire District, said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 5:39:51 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Onalaska Fire Chief Dominick reflects on four decades of service

VIDEO: Onalaska Fire Chief Don Dominick announced his plans to retire at the end of February. On Friday, after more than 40 years of fire service, including 10 years as chief, Dominick will hang up his helmet for the last time. From reminding the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide to leading crews in battling multi-unit apartment fires, Don Dominick has served the City of Onalaska as fire chief for nearly ten years.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 4:51:32 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

River conditions could be unsafe for FATFAR in Chippewa Falls

VIDEO: The flood warning for most local counties has ended. While the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers are no longer at official flood risk, that doesn't mean they're safe for locals just yet. Recent rains have left the Chippewa River rushing. Flooding is no longer a concern, but safety is for this weekend's FATFAR, an annual tubing event that launches just below the Chippewa Falls dam.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 3:48:28 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Appleton Fire Department names Jeremy Hansen new chief

The city on Wednesday announced that Jeremy Hansen, the director of the public safety training center at Fox Valley Technical College, has been selected as the incoming fire chief. Chief Len Vander Wyst retired in March after nine years with the Appleton Fire Department. Before he joined the Appleton Fire Department, Vander Wyst served as the chief of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 7:06:29 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Portage boy's body recovered from Silver Lake

The body of a 13-year-old boy, missing since late Sunday, was found in Silver Lake on Wednesday afternoon after three days of search efforts. Portage police identified Shayn Wolffarth of Portage as the boy who was last seen on a flotation device on the lake late Sunday afternoon, before falling into the water and disappearing below.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 6:26:19 AM - SOURCE: Madison

No injuries, confined damage reported in apartment building fire, Janesville Fire crews say

No injuries were reported in a fire that damaged a condo-style apartment building Wednesday evening, according to the Janesville Fire Department. In a release, the department said crews responded around 6:20 p.m. to the 1400 block of Canyon Drive for a report of a fire in a garage attached to an apartment building.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 4:44:16 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire damages Town of Sun Prairie barn

A barn fire in the Town of Sun Prairie June 20 resulted in $15,000 in damage to the barn and contents, according to Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison. The chief said at 6:21 p.m. the Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to a report of a large barn on fire in the 4900 block of Town Hall Drive in the Town of Sun Prairie.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 2:01:31 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Milwaukee Fire Department saves trapped person in early morning house fire

The Milwaukee Fire Department saved a trapped person during a house fire early Thursday morning. According to the department, crews were called to the home near 70th and Euclid around 3:34 a.m. When they got to the scene, they learned a person was trapped in a first floor bedroom. The person was removed from the room with minor injuries and did not need to be taken to a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58

Milestone Moment: New Glarus Fire Department breaks ground on facility extension

VIDEO: A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday evening at the New Glarus Fire Department to recognize the start of construction of an extension to its station. New Glarus Fire Chief, David Anderson, opened the ceremony by sharing a story of the five-year journey the department took to get to the point of breaking ground, as well as a few words of thanks to those who supported the project.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 8:32:22 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Firefighters respond to second fire at Cudahy home, investigation underway

VIDEO: The Cudahy Fire Department responded to a home twice for fires within the last two days. The department was most recently called to the unoccupied home near S. Swift Ave. and E. Underwood Ave. around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Authorities say an investigation is now underway because it is unusual for hot spots to pop up days after an initial fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 6:27:41 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fallen firefighter Richard Garner, Jr. honored by City of Madison

VIDEO: On Tuesday night, the City of Madison honored a firefighter who died in the line of duty. Richard Garner, Jr., 29, collapsed on April 1 within 24 hours of his final shift. Madison's City Council approved a resolution to rename Fire Engine No.10 in his honor. Fire Chief Steven Davis says Garner was special to him since Garner was part of the first class he hired as chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 10:15:52 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Woodruff Fire Department takes step toward purchasing ladder truck

VIDEO: The Woodruff Fire Department took a step towards getting a new kind of fire truck to its station. For years, the department has considered investing in a ladder truck to better serve the community. Recently the town board has given the department to go-ahead to start looking. A demonstration was held Tuesday night so that the department could see the difference between a 75 ft.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 9:02:49 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Racine County: Semi-trailer fire on I-94 destroys six vehicles

PHOTO: A fire that engulfed six vehicles on an auto carrier completely shut down Interstate 94 Tuesday afternoon while authorities worked to put the fire out and clean up the wreckage. At 2:17 p.m., the Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to I-94 near Kraut Road after multiple callers reported the fire, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 4:49:24 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Milwaukee woman who pleaded guilty in fatal arson caught on camera, sentenced to 22 years in prison

VIDEO: A Milwaukee woman who pleaded guilty to starting a fatal fire last June has been sentenced to prison. A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Java Wright to 22 years with 15 years of extended supervision on Tuesday, June 19. According to a criminal complaint, Wright started a fire in a building near 12th and Wright on June 16, 2017.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 1:51:36 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Stuck in tree, UW student shows that what goes up doesn’t always come down

Climbing the tree was the easy part. When it came to getting back down, one University of Wisconsin student was stumped. That was the scene late Thursday afternoon, as Madison firefighters rescued a 20 year-old woman from a tree near the downtown area. According to the Madison Fire Department, the woman climbed a tree on the 400 block of Henry Mall before realizing she did not know how to get back down.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 3:08:13 AM - SOURCE: Badger Herald

One person is dead after a house fire near North Prairie

PHOTO: A house fire near the village claimed the life of one person on Monday, June 18. Multiple area fire departments were dispatched to the fatal fire, which was reported at about 5:30 p.m. The blaze was under control by 8 p.m. and firefighters were clearing the scene by about 9 p.m., according to a photographer at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 11:20:48 PM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Milwaukee Police: 2 children shot inside car

VIDEO: Two children were hospitalized after they were shot inside a car, Milwaukee's deputy fire chief said Monday night. It happened near N. 26th St. and W. Concordia Ave. around 8:30 p.m., police say. An unknown suspect in the area fired multiple shots, one of which hit the car the two children were traveling in.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 7:58:24 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Man injured in diving accident on Lake Wazeecha

Few details were available Monday about a man injured Sunday in a diving accident on Lake Wazeecha. A caller reported a man not breathing and lying on White Sands Beach, 5600 Wazeecha Ave., Grand Rapids, at 3:54 p.m. Sunday, according to the Wood County dispatch log. A Grand Rapids officer reported the man said he was tingling from the neck down, according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 3:42:32 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Woman arrested in arson fire near Marquette campus

A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson after a Sunday evening apartment fire near the Marquette University campus, police said. Firefighters got the call at 7:55 p.m. for the fire near North 29th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue. There was no immediate word if anyone was hurt. The case will be turned over to the Milwaukee County District Attorney.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 8:16:32 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee