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From foster care to Milwaukee fire cadet, man doesn't give up dream to help others

VIDEO: He spent years in a group home and foster care, but Noah Patrick never gave up on a dream. "I really love to help people," Patrick said. Patrick, 19, is a cadet training to be a Milwaukee firefighter. He's on a path to success despite a very difficult childhood. "The house was never clean. There was no food to eat.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 3:11:53 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Milwaukee boy who died trying to save cousin from house fire posthumously honored for heroism

VIDEO: A 10-year-old Milwaukee boy who died trying to save his little cousin from a house fire intentionally set by his stepfather will be posthumously honored by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, the organization announced this week. Kevin Little is one of 18 people who will be honored for extraordinary heroism.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 3:11:46 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Early morning fire destroys garage in Washington County, no one hurt

Firefighters early Thursday morning, September 21st responded to the scene of a garage fire in Washington County. Crews responded to the area of Cty Tk H in the Town of Kewaskum shortly before 2:00 a.m. Officials say the fire was reported by a passing motorist, who also notified the two adults that were home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 4:47:02 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Lighting Likely Cause Of Fire In Manitowish Waters

A structure in Manitowish Waters is a total loss after a fire Wednesday morning. The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a homeowner at 4755 Lavigne Road called about 8:30 a.m. to report smelling smoke after lightning had struck close by. Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement after the lightning strike.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 5:46:28 PM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Public Radio

Holmen fire board again facing uncertainty

About the time the dust appears to have settled around the Holmen Area Fire Department and the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board, an action by a majority of the Holmen Village Board could again create uncertainty within fire department. In a split vote at the village board’s Sept 14 meeting, four village board trustees voted to approve removing trustees Chuck Olson and Bill Ebner as the village’s representatives on the fire association board.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 1:58:39 PM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Madison Fire Dept. to host open house for military service members

VIDEO: The Madison Fire Department opens its doors to prospective firefighters during their Recruitment Open House. On Wednesday, Ben Lardie and Trent Meicher stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event. Unemployment numbers among veterans in the United States are improving, and the Madison Fire Department continues to do its part to introduce current and past military service members to a career that is significant, challenging, and personally rewarding.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 7:06:15 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Authorities investigate house fire in Town of Bloomfield

Waushara County officials say a home went up in flames before 9 o'clock Tuesday night. The Fire Department says it received a call regarding the house fire on North County Road A at 8:49 p.m. The West Bloomfield Fire Department along with the Poy Sippi Fire Department arrived to find the home fully engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 6:27:51 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Body has been recovered from a house fire in Waushara County

VIDEO: A body was found Wednesday morning inside a home that caught fire the night before in the town of Bloomfield, according to Waushara County Sheriff Jeffery Nett. The call came out at about 8:49 p.m. Tuesday to the home on North County Road A in Waushara County. Fire units arrived on the scene to find the house totally engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 10:58:01 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Nationwide Firefighter Shortage has the Sun Prairie Fire Dept. Developing New Recruiting Tactics

VIDEO: In head to toe fire gear, the recruits at Madison Area Technical College look like your typical firefighter in training. "Get down and crawl," said Lieutenant Lisa Becher, as she leads them around racks of more fire gear. New fire recruits learn how to put on the gear during a fire academy pilot program offered at Madison Area Technical College.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 5:53:24 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Menomonie fire captain honored at technology luncheon

VIDEO: A local fire captain was honored at a technology council luncheon at UW-Stout, Tuesday. Jeff Dykes, owner and founder of Northern Star Fire, won the 2017 Governor's Business Plan contest with an eight-directional electronic compass. Firefighters place the compass inside their breathing apparatus to help find their way inside burning structures.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 4:04:46 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Update: Pirus told police why he killed his wife and how he blew up his home

VIDEO: A man who police said killed his wife and blew up his home made his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Dane County. The Dane County District Attorney's Office found probable cause to move forward with charging Steven Pirus, 59, of 1st degree homicide, arson, and reckless endangerment because of a Probable Cause Affidavit from investigators.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 2:22:15 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Watertown: 6th Street fire injures occupant, kills two cats

A Watertown man was transported to the hospital after escaping a fire in his 410 S. Sixth St. apartment early Sunday morning. Watertown firefighters responded to the scene around 3 a.m. to rescue the man and extinguish the fire, but he was able to get out of the building by the time they arrived. "The guy that was trapped had broken a window to escape and our EMS that was there took him to the hospital for injuries and smoke inhalation," Watertown Interim Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 4:24:48 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Council Approves $54,000 Study Of Sheboygan Fire Department

Sheboygan's Common Council spent much of their meeting Monday night talking about whether or not to approve a $54,000 study of the city's Fire Department. The study is being done to determine how to better staff the department, as there is a push to add some new firefighters and additional management in the coming years.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 3:51:08 AM - SOURCE: WHBL-AM 1330

Propane Fire Training Lights The Sky in Waupun

If you live near Waupun, you may have seen flames shooting into the sky Monday night. No need to worry, it was training done by the Waupun Fire Department. Seventeen fire departments and about 100 firefighters participated in the live propane fire training. The training consisted of five propane fire scenarios with a variety of propane tanks.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 3:29:31 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Husband shot and killed wife, blew up Madison house as cover-up, police chief says

A Madison man shot and killed his wife weeks ago and blew up their Southwest Side house on Wednesday as an attempt to cover up the homicide, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday. Lee Anne Pirus, 50, was identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office as the body found amid the rubble of a house at 7806 Stratton Way.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 3:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Firefighters extinguish intentionally set fire in vacant Racine home

Firefighters extinguished what they determined to be an intentionally set fire early Sunday morning. The blaze caused $6,000 in damage to 1240 Superior St., a vacant home set to be razed by order of the city, according to a Racine Fire Department release. The fire was set to the rear of the house at about 5:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 2:25:06 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Update: Body found at site of Madison home explosion

VIDEO: Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis says a body was found at the site of a home that exploded Wednesday afternoon in the southwest part of the city. Davis says the body was found around 9:00 a.m. Friday morning and his teams have suspended their investigative work while the medical examiner is at the site.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 9:46:18 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Kaukauna garage destroyed, home damaged in Thursday fire

Fire destroyed a detached garage and spread to a house on Roger Court on Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries and everyone, including a dog, evacuated before firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Chad Gerrits. Officials estimate that the fire did about $65,000 in damage to the buildings and about $30,000 in damage to their contents.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 7:58:23 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fond du Lac man rescued from Lake Winnebago

A Fond du Lac man was rescued Wednesday night from Lake Winnebago after falling in the water at the Lakeside Park Marina. A crew from Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue, along with city police, were called to G Dock about 8 p.m. for a report of a man who had fallen in the water in an area of the lake called the "Big Hole" in Lakeside Park.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 3:38:03 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Dells' Smokey the Bear Park gets firewise at new garden

Thanks in large part to the efforts of Wisconsin Dells residents and Adams County master gardeners Dan and Laura Reger, Smokey the Bear has a new “firewise” garden to call his own at the oft-visited park in front of the local Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office on River Road. The new garden was dedicated as a new “Firewise Education Site” during a brief ceremony there the afternoon of Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 11:57:47 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

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