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Inattentive driver almost crushes Brown County deputy and tow truck driver

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has a message for drivers after a close call almost crushed a deputy and tow truck driver last week. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday night as that band of snow was wrapping up in northeast Wisconsin. A Brown County Deputy and tow truck driver were responding to a vehicle in the ditch on I-41, just north of County S in the Town of Lawrence.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 7:44:30 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

High praise for Southern Door County teen for quick action in fire

The four families who lost their homes because of an apartment-building fire in Southern Door County on Dec. 18 were on hand for an event where a teenage girl was hailed as a hero. The fire in a building — converted to living quarters from a tavern/dance hall/bowling alley on Rocky Road in the Town of Union — was discovered as one family sat down for a later supper.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 2:47:51 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Ice rescue saves 10 anglers on Chequamegon Bay

Two groups of ice fishermen, 10 individuals in all, have been given the greatest day-after Christmas presents it is possible to receive — their lives. The anglers, in two groups of five each, were stranded on ice floes that pulled away from the west shore of Chequamegon Bay and began drifting in the direction of Long Island.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 1:41:44 AM - SOURCE: Rice Lake Chronotype

Overturned cattle truck blocks traffic in De Pere

VIDEO: A stretch of Highway 57 in De Pere has reopened, after being closed due to an overturned cattle truck, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The northbound and southbound lanes were closed between Old Plank Road and Rockland Road until 5 p.m. Tuesday night. “When he left the roadway, he hit a small driveway, which forced the vehicle onto its side.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 9:11:09 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Follow Up: Man likely died of smoke inhalation in Wisconsin Rapids fire

The 59-year-old man found dead at an apartment fire Monday died from smoke inhalation, according to a preliminary finding by an autopsy, according to the county coroner. The cause of death won't be confirmed until the toxicology reports come back from an autopsy done Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wood County Coroner Dara Hammsaid.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 2:43:29 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Body found in burned vehicle in Milwaukee: “I’m disappointed in this city”

VIDEO: A death investigation is underway in Milwaukee after police say a body was found in a vehicle near 54th and Capitol Drive on Christmas Day -- Sunday, December 25th. Police responded around 7:00 a.m. There was a vehicle fire at this scene. Milwaukee firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered the body.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Man dies in Wisconsin Rapids apartment fire

A man was found dead Monday evening in a Wisconsin Rapids apartment building following a fire. Tenants at the building at 520 Eighth Ave. called the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department around 3 p.m. reporting they smelled smoke in the complex. When the fire department arrived, they weren't sure where the smell was coming from.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Ice fishers, ATV plunge through lake ice; 3 injured, Dane County official says

Two people plunged into the water on Lake Kegonsa Saturday morning when their ATV broke through "bad ice," an official said. Dane County dispatch said crews responded to a report at about 7:20 a.m. that someone had fallen through the ice on Lake Kegonsa at Fish Camp County Park near McFarland. The Madison Fire Department said crews from McFarland, Monona, Madison and Stoughton were dispatched to east of Colladay Point on the lake.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fond du Lac boy called a hero for alerting parents to Christmas morning fire

VIDEO: A nine-year old boy saved his parents from a Christmas morning fire. Zevin Jelic was trying to sleep on a couch on the first floor of his family's duplex when he noticed smoke coming from the basement. He immediately alerted his parents and they all got out of the home safely. Firefighters are calling him a true hero.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Experts demonstrate how to survive falling through the ice in Janesville

“I want to get in the ambulance. I can't feel my legs.” That was Adam Walton, a Janesville firefighter/paramedic after his third dip into the frigid waters of the trout pond at Rotary Botanical Gardens on Friday. Walton, a fishing guide in his spare time, had voluntarily jumped into winter waters once before, about three years ago.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra - Metered site

Cat Saved from House after Fire at Bayside Home

Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:54 PM, the Bayside Communications Center received a 911 call from the resident at 695 W. Calumet Road in River Hills reporting a fire on the second floor of his home. When firefighters arrived, crews found heavy smoke coming from one side of the structure. They quickly confirmed all occupants of the home had evacuated safely and then initiated an aggressive interior attack on a fire in a second floor bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2016 6:43:33 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Boy dies after fall from Mt. Olympus water park slide in Lake Delton

The Lake Delton Police Department says a boy has died after falling from an outdoor water slide at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park. Police said the boy and two others entered the park Wednesday night. The outdoor portion of the park is closed for the season. The area is fenced and all gates were locked, according to Lake Delton Police.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2016 6:35:46 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Racine firefighters honor boy for calm actions during emergency

A 12-year-old local boy was honored by the Racine Fire Department Wednesday with an Outstanding Citizen Award for the way he responded last month after his grandfather fell down a long flight of steps. Three Racine firefighters honored seventh-grader Lucas Condill at Mitchell Middle School, 2701 Drexel Ave.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2016 2:17:03 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Wausau Fire trains for icy water rescues

VIDEO: Three best friends putting out an ice fishing shelter isn't an uncommon sight in Northcentral Wisconsin, but it's something angler Jared Kiepke knows can turn dangerous quickly. He doesn't like fishing alone because "It's pretty boring alone and it's a lot more dangerous," said Kiepke. That's why the Wausau Fire Department trained for hours Wednesday afternoon in the cold waters of the Wisconsin River.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 8:34:17 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Appleton firefighters doing more than answering calls

VIDEO: Things are looking up for an Appleton family that lost a lot earlier this month. However, Andy and Megann Hooyman along with their children Callie, Rylee and Zoey are very thankful. "We just got more donations today," said fire victim Megann Hooyman. "It really has not slowed down." Earlier this month, their Appleton home at 1706 W.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 7:44:40 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire causes $10,000 in damage to Baptista’s Bakery in Franklin, no one hurt

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, December 21st were called out to the scene of a fire at Baptista’s Bakery on Oakwood Park Drive in Franklin. The call came in shortly after 1 a.m. Officials say the blaze appears to have started in an oven. It caused approximately $10,000 to the machine and contents.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 6:47:03 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

One injured in Town of Sun Prairie fire

A fire Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the Town of Sun Prairie injured a Town of Sun Prairie deputy and resulted in $45,000 in damage. Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison said at 2:35 p.m. the Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in a storage building on Highway N. Incoming units reported smoke visible from all four sides of the building and flames showing from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 3:11:43 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Police report fatal fire in Eau Claire

An Eau Claire Police Department tweet said that at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday police and Eau Claire firefighters responded to a house fire at 1804 Eighth St. on the city’s west side. An adult woman died in the fire, which is under investigation, the tweet said.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 2:38:19 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Oak Creek begins work on Emergency Operations Center

The city is adding on to its municipal building at Drexel Town Square with an Emergency Operations Center on the second floor. While the rooms exist and were constructed when the municipal center was built, they are not complete. Tom Rosandich, Oak Creek fire chief and emergency management director, said work will begin this month to complete the EOC.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 1:58:45 AM - SOURCE: My South Now

Janesville Fire Department expands medical resources on trucks

VIDEO: They come to put out fires and inspect gas leaks -- but Captain Thomas Brunner wants to make sure his firefighters can save a life whether there's a fire or not. At Janesville Fire Department where he works, there are numerous firefighters who are also paramedics. Now, the department is providing special Advanced Life Support (ALS) kits to equip those who are trained to respond to medical emergencies - whether they're in an ambulance or a firetruck.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2016 8:53:50 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison