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Spaghetti dinner to benefit Lake Mills fire department

Their usual greeter won’t be at the door this year. Members of the Lake Mills Fire Department have had heavy hearts while planning their largest annual fundraiser of the year, their 14th annual spaghetti dinner will take place Saturday, Jan. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Lake Mills High School. “In our minds he will always be a member of the department,” said event organizer Andy Brinkmann.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 1:01:30 PM - SOURCE: Lake Mills Leader

Oneida County snowmobile crash kills one

One person is dead after a snowmobile crash in the Oneida County Town of Schoepke. Sheriff's officials say it happened on Old 26 Road at 1:10 Sunday afternoon. The snowmobile rider left the trail and struck some trees. The unidentified operator of the sled died at the scene. Others responding to the crash included Medic 1, The Wisconsin DNR, Fire District Alpha, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's office.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:44:27 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Child, 4, dies in Price County house fire

Authorities in Price County say a 4-year-old child died Saturday following a house fire in Ogema. A neighbor reported the house fire around 1:50 p.m. and informed dispatch a child was trapped inside. The home was engulfed when department arrived on scene. The child died as result of the fire. The child’s name has not been released.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:47:59 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

‘Please God do not let me die:’ Milwaukee Fire Department diver who pulled woman from Kinnickinnic River tells his story

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department diver who nearly lost his own life while trying to rescue a woman from the Kinnickinnic River is sharing his story. John Cooley gave details to FOX6 News about the most dangerous dive of his life -- and getting back in the water. "This is one of the worst calls we've been on," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:19:04 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Person dead after Dodge County crash that closes interstate for 5 hours

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 41 near the Town of Lomira. Another man was flown out of the scene by Med Flight. A dispatcher with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash happened around 12 a.m. Friday morning. He also confirmed the crash involved a Silver Ford pickup truck and a semi.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 6:11:18 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Minocqua first responders urge people to watch what they post on social media

VIDEO: It only takes seconds for people to post or share pictures, videos, and thoughts on social media. Those platforms can serve as a good tool to share special memories or moments. But misinformation can spread quickly online, too. "It's everywhere," said Minocqua Fire Chief Andy Petrowski. "I mean everybody has a cellphone, everybody has the ability to instantaneously put something online the second they drive by it.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 4:26:23 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

OSHA cites utility contractors for 'serious' safety violations in 2018 Sun Prairie explosion

Two utility contractors faulted for contributing to an explosion that leveled part of downtown Sun Prairie and killed a volunteer firefighter in July have been fined for “serious” violations by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In citation letters dated Jan. 4, OSHA said its inspectors found that Kansas-based Bear Communications and Michigan-based VC Tech failed to call a diggers hotline or utility owners to locate underground lines before starting work.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Milwaukee bus driver rescues baby wandering barefoot on freeway overpass

VIDEO: Heart-stopping video was captured last month involving a bus driver rescuing a baby girl that she spotted alone on a freeway overpass. Milwaukee County bus driver Irena Ivic spotted the child running on the side of the road just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 22. The child, who was less than a year old, was barefoot and wearing only a onesie and diaper.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 13

Middleton man breaks into family member's home, starts fire on kitchen stove, police say

A Middleton man was arrested Wednesday night after he broke into a family member's home and started a fire on the kitchen stove, according to a release. Before the fire was started, the family member left her Gammon Lane apartment to call 911 after 20-year-old Rukeem M. Harrison broke into her apartment, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 9:06:56 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Mansfield Retires After 27 Years As Town of Lake Firefighter

When the Town of Lake Fire Department was started in 1991, Firefighter Donald Mansfield was there. Jeff Olive was chief, and Mansfield was one of the founding members. At the end of November, after being with the department for all of its 27 years, Mansfield officially turned in his gear and retired.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 1:43:28 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

One hurt in Milwaukee house fire at 13th and Cleveland

VIDEO: One person was taken to the hospital after a fire on Milwaukee's south side. It happened near 13th and Cleveland. The fire department says the person was hurt when his family was helping him get out of the house. Firefighters have not said how the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 4:57:41 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Six calves die in Crave barn fire in Waterloo

Six calves died in a barn fire on New Year’s Day on the Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese, W11550 Torpy Road, Waterloo. “Upon arrival the middle calf farm was just glowing orange,” Waterloo Fire Chief Vern Butzine said. “We had a full crew and we had a very successful knock down in a very short time,” he added.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 1:11:59 PM - SOURCE: Waterloo / Marshall Courier

Merton Fire Department's new drone can assist in fire and rescue missions across Waukesha County

The Merton Community Fire Department has become one of the few public safety departments in Waukesha County to own a drone after a recent $13,000 purchase. Merton Fire Chief Josh Paral said they decided to purchase a drone after a department member brought one to a training exercise to get film of the training.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 7:56:50 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Racine County: Teen dies from injuries in hit-and-run crash; suspect in custody

A 71-year-old Kenosha man is in custody, accused of driving a vehicle that struck a bicyclist late Monday night resulting in the death of the 18-year-old man from Racine. Mount Pleasant police on Tuesday night identified the victim as Teren Cagle, who died at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa where he was taken after the crash.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 9:17:30 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire at east side Madison home causes substantial damage to garage, vehicles

Firefighters extinguished a structure fire in a detached garage at a home on Madison's east side, according to officials with the Madison Fire Department. High wind conditions pushed flames toward the house and forced officials to call for additional crews. The fire was quickly controlled. Officials said the fire was reported around 4:53 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 4:04:42 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Former Lake Park fire station being razed

The razing of the former Mount Pleasant/South Shore fire station in Lake Park, which closed in January 2014, began Monday. The site of the former firehouse at 3809 Sheridan Road, which dates to the mid 1960s, is destined to become part of adjacent Lake Park. Until recently, the South Shore Fire Department and Racine Fire Bells stored a few vehicles at the closed station, but South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman has said there were major problems with the building.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 10:09:52 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Portage fire inspector urges continued diligence to prevent fires

Craig Ratz says he believes fire safety and fire prevention go hand in hand. The Portage Fire Department’s inspector is responsible for conducting routine checks every six months at 1,040 buildings in Portage and its four surrounding towns. That array of buildings includes major employers such as Portage Plastics, big-box stores like Walmart, popular restaurants including La Tolteca and a host of apartment complexes.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 5:29:43 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Jefferson County firefighter charged with arson, accused of setting two fires

A firefighter is charged with arson after police say he started two fires in Jefferson County and called 911 to report them. According to a criminal complaint, Johnathan Paul started two fires in October and November. The complaint says Paul has been employed with the Helenville Fire Department for about ten years.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 2:37:03 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Trial set for former Wausau firefighter charged with 2017 sexual assault of patient

A four-day trial is scheduled to begin in September for the former Wausau firefighter charged with sexually assaulting a patient he was transporting to a hospital in 2017. Clifford Heiser was arrested by Wausau Police after an investigation into a complaint from a female patient on Sept. 13, 2017. The complaint was filed by a 29-year-old woman who was transported to an area hospital by a Wausau Fire Department ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:58:07 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Lake Mills firefighters, friends and family honor Capt. Truman during funeral

The Lake Mills community is remembering a fallen hero, Capt. Chris Truman of the Lake Mills Fire Department. "I truly believe the best way to honor Capt. Truman is by being a good person and helping out those around you. Pay it forward," said Police Chief Mick Selck. "By helping out your friends and people you don't know, you're honoring his memory.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 3:13:48 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison