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Recently retired Wausau firefighter brings truck from 1936 back to life

VIDEO: A longtime member of the Wausau Fire Department retired last week, but not before leaving behind a piece of history for the entire community to enjoy. Meet Steve Robers, as of 6:45 on Friday, January 4th, a retired lieutenant and 22-year veteran of the Wausau Fire Department. In the last year before Robers bid farewell, he made it his mission to get this truck, a 1936 Pirsch Engine, back on the road.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 2:58:28 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Apartment Fire in Kimberly Leaves Residents Without Home

Several people are out of their homes after a structure fire at a four unit apartment building in Kimberly Saturday afternoon. Fire crews responded to the West 4th Street building just after 4:30 pm to find the top level balcony engulfed in flames. Fortunately, they were able to put the fire out immediately.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2019 7:52:20 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Marshall Fire Department hangs flag over deployed firefighter's locker until return

The Marshall Fire Department is hanging an American flag over firefighter Luis Acosta's locker until his return from military deployment. According to a Facebook post, the flag will remain over his locker to remind others of his "sacrifice to our country to ensure our everyday freedoms." Acosta has been with the Marshall Fire Department since 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 8:06:08 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Family of 5 safely escapes house fire in Hobart

A family of five safely escaped a house fire in Hobart. It started around midnight on the 3100 block of Jonas Circle. When crews arrived on scene flames were shooting up the side of the home. Firefighters believe the fire started in the garbage bins. "There was a dog inside. We were able to retrieve the dog for them and save the family pet," said Chief Jerry Lancelle from the Hobart Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 7:21:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Edgerton Fire District adds paramedic services

VIDEO: The Edgerton Fire District is expanding to include paramedic services in its ambulances after the district was accredited following a three-year process. Deputy Chief Jason Russ says not being able to provide the service in the past was difficult for him. "As an (emergency medical services) provider that’s been in this now for 16 years, one of the hardest things is to be with a patient and know you can provide a better level of care, but yet know, since the service isn’t to that level yet, you cant," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 6:51:17 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Update: Suspected drunken driver accused of hitting, killing Lake Mills firefighter out of jail

A suspected drunken driver accused of hitting and killing a firefighter is out of jail. Samuel Cremers was ordered released on a $5,000 signature bond after appearing in court Thursday. Police said he hit Lake Mills fire Capt. Christopher Truman on New Year's Eve on the Beltline as Truman helped a stranded driver.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 6:12:44 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Other departments fill shifts for Lake Mills firefighters, hoping they can get 'closure'

VIDEO: Emergency medical services and fire crews from around the area are filling shifts for their fellow emergency responders in Lake Mills, so they are able to attend the funeral services for Capt. Chris Truman this weekend. Truman died New Year's Eve after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver while trying to help someone on the Beltline in Monona.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 5:15:44 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Columbus Fire Department uses fire suppression tool to save house

Columbus Fire Department put one of its newest devices to action recently, snuffing out a fire that could have threatened a home in Columbus. Fire Chief Randy Koehn used the X-Tinguish FST, a fire suppression tool produced by Flame Guard USA, during a basement fire in mid-December. The fire suppression device, housed in a portable red box with a durable black handle, is a highly effective tool which has been used by fire departments, police, first responders and the armed forces for several years.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 3:22:12 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Burning candle on bedroom table causes $40,000 damage to Janesville residence

Janesville firefighters extinguished a fire that caused approximately $40,000 in smoke and fire damage to a residence at 12:41 a.m. Thursday. A release said Janesville firefighters arrived at 206 McKinley St. in Janesville, where the fire was burning in a second-floor bedroom of a residence. There was smoke coming out of the second floor when responders arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 9:36:53 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Semi hits homes in Weston neighborhood, one suffers minor injuries

Three homes in a residential neighborhood suffered damage early Thursday morning after they were struck by a semi tractor trailer. The incident happened about 1 a.m. in the 4900 block of Annabelle Court, according to the South Area Fire District. Police and fire crews arrived at the scene and determined that a semi was traveling westbound on State 29 when it left the roadway into a neighborhood and struck three homes, the fire department said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 7:11:32 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

6 months after deadly explosion Sun Prairie Fire Department focuses on employees

VIDEO: Sun Prairie’s fire Chief Christopher Garrison talked with News 3 This Morning about how the city is rebuilding six months after a fatal explosion that killed one of its firefighters. Garrison said the department is doing well and that they are moving forward. “We’re a very strong organization,” Garrison said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 6:23:44 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Related: Man accused of killing Lake Mills firefighter while drunk to make first court appearance

The man accused of killing a Lake Mills Fire Department captain while driving drunk on New Year's Eve is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Thursday. Samuel Cremers of Columbus, 28, is expected to be formally charged in Dane County Court Thursday afternoon. He was arrested by Monona police on tentative charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle after crashing into Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 4:36:11 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Sun Prairie Assistant Chief to retire after 50 years of fire service

VIDEO: At 75-years young, Arnie Kleven has spent 50 of those years serving as a volunteer firefighter. “Back then you don’t think of it, but then you think where has the time gone?” Kleven said. It was 1972 when Kleven first joined up with Sun Prairie. He has spent the past four years in Illinois as a volunteer firefighter there.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 9:27:38 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Funeral for firefighter killed in crash set for this weekend in Lake Mills

The funeral for fire Capt. Chris Truman who was killed in a New Year's Eve crash on the Beltline will be this weekend in Lake Mills. Visitation will be at Lake Mills High School from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. At 5 p.m., there will be an Emergency Services Fly-By. On Sunday, visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 8:23:20 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Lake Mills Fire Department captain helping at Beltline crash killed by alleged drunken driver

A Lake Mills Fire Department captain was killed Monday after he stopped at the scene of a crash on the Beltline and was struck by another vehicle, Monona police said. A vehicle crashed on eastbound Highway 12 near the Yahara River bridge at 6:51 p.m., police said. A second car stopped to assist at the scene, and the driver of the second car was struck by a third vehicle before officers arrived to help with the initial crash.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 6:05:41 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Four people displaced in Menasha apartment fire

Four people are without a home after an apartment fire in Menasha. It happened Tuesday night on the 300 block of Nicolet Boulevard. When firefighters arrived on scene they found three people in the lower apartment and one in the upper apartment. They were all evacuated safely. The person who lived in the upper apartment was brought to the hospital for cold exposure.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 5:37:02 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

South Shore Fire Department prepares for big year

The South Shore Fire Department is preparing for some big changes in 2019. Later this month, department officials plan to start recruiting candidates for the department’s new emergency medical services station. The new EMS station, near the intersection of Spring Street and Emmertson Road, is under construction.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 4:43:34 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Candles spark fire at Racine home on New Year’s Day

VIDEO: Five people escaped a house fire on New Year’s Day in Racine that started because of unattended candles. Authorities say they were called to a two family home near Grange Ave. and 17th St. shortly before noon on Tuesday. An elderly woman and her adult son escaped from the first floor while a young couple got to safety from the second floor with their 2-year-old son.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 3:54:13 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

La Crosse Tribune 2018 Person of the Year: Coon Valley Fire Chief Russ Cornford

Above him, the sky was dark. Below him, the water murky and waist deep. Russ Cornford estimates the weight of his soaked turnout gear topped 150 pounds as he trudged through flooded streets and homes, hoisting frightened residents and shivering pets over his shoulders. For some 26 hours straight, the Coon Valley fire chief powered through the most devastating flood the village had ever seen last August and September, thinking not of hunger, not of fatigue, not of pain, but of people — the 700 men, women and children in the community he loves, the village he calls home.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 12:02:41 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Shed Fire Closes Highway 57 for Hours in Sheboygan County

VIDEO: The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office says a shed caught fire at N7339 State Highway 57 Monday night in the Town of Rhine. The shed contained tractors and vehicles. Capt. Keith Fischer with the Elkhart Lake Fire Department says 12 different fire companies responded to the scene. Nobody was injured except for one firefighter who slipped on the ice and suffered a minor foot injury.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 9:30:09 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay