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Memorial ride honors Madison firefighter Richard Garner

Local firefighters and law enforcement officials rode their motorcycles across Southern Wisconsin Saturday to honor one of their own. The second annual Richard Garner Memorial Ride kicked off in Madison on Saturday morning. The ride honors Madison firefighter Richard Garner, who passed away in April 2018 when he collapsed after finishing a shift.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2019 6:06:11 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue takes reporter through firefighter tasks

Prying off a car door to save a car accident victim. Crawling to put out a fire in a room full of smoke. Rappelling down a 40-foot building. These are just a few things that members of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue train for in their day-to-day work.On Thursday, however, this reporter — along with a group of journalists — got to try her hand at being firefighters through simulated versions of these incidents.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 6:09:31 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Lightning likely the cause of Coon Valley house fire

The Coon Valley Fire Department responded to a house fire on Mathison Lane, Thursday afternoon. When the department arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames, and the roof had already caved in. The residents of the house were not home at the time, but multiple pets were inside. It is not clear if they're still alive, but they are presumed to be dead.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 9:28:44 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

1 dead in Stevens Point garage fire

One person is dead after a structure fire in Stevens Point Wednesday evening, according to the Stevens Point Police Department's assistant chief Tom Zenner. Stevens Point Fire Department received the call about the fire on Sixth Avenue at 6:47 Wednesday evening. Plover Fire, Town of Hull Fire and the Stevens Point Police Department also assisted at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 6:44:57 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Neighbors react to deadly Pickerel fire that left 6 people dead

The town of Pickerel is coming together after a devastating house fire claimed the lives of six community members including four children on Tuesday. Neighbors in the community tell NewsChannel 7 the victims were well-known residents in the area. “It’s a really sad day for everyone in the community,” stated Gerri Adams, who lives in the neighborhood where the fire happened.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 6:44:48 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

2019 Intergovernmental Cooperation Award: Improving Fire/EMS Capabilities in Milwaukee Region

VIDEO: When an emergency occurs, the public has little concern for whether the responders are employed by their municipality – they simply want help as soon as they can get it. Unfortunately, in the case of fire and emergency medical services in Milwaukee County, municipal boundaries used to get in the way of getting the closest most appropriate responder to a fire/rescue emergency.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Policy Forum

Foundation to pay off mortgage for family of fallen Appleton firefighter

A national organization says it will pay off the home mortgage of the family of Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard. Lundgaard was killed in a shooting last month at the transit center in downtown Appleton. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is paying off the Lundgaard family's mortgage.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 5:37:59 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Sussex Fire Department helps a 9-year-old reunite two trapped ducklings with their mother and 14 siblings

When 9-year old aspiring wildlife animal rescuer Zoe Adkins saw a bunch of ducklings and their mother squawking, squeaking and clearly in distress across from Sussex's Madeline Park, she said, “Mom, we have to stop.” As Zoe and her mother, Kristina, watched, they saw one duckling fall through a storm sewer grate and pulled over to help.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 8:57:28 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rolling tribute to 9/11 to visit Wisconsin for second time, at Celebrate Waupun

A rolling exhibit highlighting the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center will visit Waupun June 29 and 30, as part of Celebrate Waupun. The 911 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is a tribute to the New York and New Jersey firefighters, police officers and port authority officers who lost their lives during the initial response when the towers fell.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 8:16:16 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Madison Fire Department: Improperly disposed cigarette likely caused fire on apartment building deck

Firefighters believe an improperly discarded cigarette likely caused an apartment fire on Madison's east side, according to a release by the city's fire department. The third-story apartment is located along the 3300 block of Packers Avenue. On Tuesday evening, a neighbor called 911 after noticing a small fire on the deck of the apartment, said Cynthia Schuster a public information officer with the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 7:58:43 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

6 people, including 4 children killed in Langlade County house fire

Six people are dead, including four children, in a house fire on County Highway DD in Pickerel. A 34-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, a 10-month-old girl, a 1 1/2-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy. Eight people were in the house when the fire started early Tuesday morning. Two people escaped.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 2:44:11 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Madison: Fire inside railroad car causes $75,000 in damages

Madison fire investigators are trying to determine if an electrical problem caused $75,000 worth of damage to a railroad car. According to a release by the Madison Fire Department, firefighters noted heavy black smoke coming from the end of a passenger train car as they responded to the rail yard on Johnson Street Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 11:47:26 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Darlington firefighters rescue pet guinea pig from house fire

First responders in Darlington responded to a fire on Sunday night and ended up saving the life of a pet guinea pig. The Darlington Fire Department shared a photo on Facebook of firefighter Ben Conway bringing Gus the guinea pig out of the fire. The fire broke out at a family’s home in the small unincorporated community of Calamine in Lafayette County.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:48:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Beloit fire chief named new Freeport Fire Department leader

Longtime Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett is moving on, and has accepted the chief's position at the Freeport Fire Department. Liggett has served as Beloit Fire Department chief for 16 years, and has worked over 30 years with the department. The career firefighter said his reason for leaving Beloit was to be closer to family.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 10:51:39 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Fire damages sushi restaurant in Kenosha

A local sushi restaurant is assessing damages after a kitchen fire, which started around 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Soon’s Sushi Cafe, 2100 54th St., will remain closed until further notice, according to a message posted on its Facebook page. Kenosha Fire Department said smoke and flames were visible when the first of nine units arrived on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 8:26:06 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Three residents displaced after Green Bay house fire

Three people were displaced from their home Sunday night after discovering a small fire coming out of the wall. On Sunday, June 23 around 6:39 p.m., Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded to a report of fire coming from the wall of a residence at 2315 Basten St. in Green Bay. Firefighters say they arrived at the residence to find a smoldering fire in the front of the wall of a duplex at that address.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 2:48:42 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

1 killed in Polk County camper fire

One person died Saturday after a camper caught fire in Polk County, Wisconsin. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to a report of a camper fire at about 4:37 p.m. in the south ditch off Ravine Drive, about 2 miles east of the Village of Dresser. Upon arrival, emergency personnel extinguished the fire and discovered the vehicle was occupied and the occupant had died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP.com

Garage and shed destroyed in Friday night fire in Somers

The cause of a fire that destroyed a shed and garage in Somers Friday night remained under investigation as of Saturday. The Somers Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched at 7:51 p.m. to 401 100th Ave. for a report of a shed fire. Dispatchers quickly provided additional information indicating it was a shed and a garage, which at the time they believed to be attached to the home, that were ablaze.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2019 3:01:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Semi trailer catches fire on I-94 near Eau Claire

At least half a dozen crews responded to a semi fire overnight on Interstate 94, near Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Fire Department says the driver was traveling westbound and was near mile marker 63, when he noticed the back end of the trailer on fire. The driver was able to disconnect the tractor from the trailer and call 911 for help.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 6:13:52 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Madison: Resolution honors Barr family, first responders

It’s been nearly one year since the devastating gas explosion in Sun Prairie which took the life of Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr. Legislators took the time to recognize Barr at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. "But in that loss he saved many many lives," said Representative Gary Hebl, who represents Sun Prairie and authored the joint resolution.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 9:19:44 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau