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Lee Douglas enjoys new role as fire chief in Chippewa Falls

Lee Douglas has built a career as a firefighter and emergency service worker, joining the Chippewa Falls Fire Department a year after graduating from high school. He’s been promoted through the ranks, and now he’s eager for his biggest challenge yet — being the department’s fire chief. “I’m excited. We’ve got a lot of good things going on in our department,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 6:54:26 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

'That could have been catastrophic': A sleeping family in Oconomowoc was saved after a passerby noticed a fire

A town of Oconomowoc family is safe, thanks to a passerby who spotted a fire before the family was aware of it. The passerby's report also greatly limited the amount of damage at the home, according to Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen. "We found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house," Bowen said.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 4:20:29 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Details of Viroqua Municipal Airport incident released

Officials responded to Viroqua Municipal Airport Monday after a phone call indicated an airplane crash that officials later found to be fatal. The name of aircraft operator is not being released at this time. According to the Sheriff’s office, emergency crews located a downed aircraft in the field off of Miller Road in the town of Jefferson around 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 10:58:42 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Kewaunee County EMS echoes national need for first responders

VIDEO: They are the ones who answer the call in the middle of the night, putting their lives on the line to help the community at a moment’s notice. However, since 2015, there's been a 16 percent drop in volunteer first responders nationwide, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In Kewaunee County, local leaders are set to vote Tuesday to support a state bill that would give volunteer first responders some money back.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 8:55:26 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Milwaukee man arrested after allegedly stabbing a taxi driver, stealing his car and setting it on fire

Police say a Milwaukee man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing a taxi driver in the neck, stealing his car and setting it on fire. Scott Perez, 34, is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery, and arson of property. According to a criminal complaint, the victim was driving a private taxi on August 9 when he received a phone call from a man later identified as Perez, who claimed that his friend had recommended the driver's taxi service.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 6:38:38 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire destroys garage in Turtle

Over a dozen fire departments from Wisconsin and Illinois helped battle a garage fire Saturday evening in the 7400 block of County Road P in Turtle Township, according to the Turtle Fire Department. The garage was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. Additional units from Town of Beloit, City of Beloit, Edgerton, Harlem-Roscoe, Juda and Stoughton EMS responded, but due to the "demanding" fire suppression effort, the mutual aid also was requested from Delavan, Footville, Janesville, Milton, North Boone, Orfordville, Rockton, Shirland and South Beloit, according to a Turtle Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 7:51:38 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Storms down trees, cut power across Kenosha area

Wind gusts accompanying a blustery thunderstorm blew through the Kenosha area early Sunday morning, leaving authorities and residents picking up the pieces. A number trees were felled by micro-bursts of high winds as the storm front blew past, including some blocking intersections and others on porches or homes in the Kenosha community.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 1:43:54 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Portable fire pit leads to Madison house fire

PHOTO: A portable fire pit led to a house fire in Madison on Sunday morning. The Madison Fire Department said dispatchers received a call at 8:23 a.m. for reports of a structure fire at 625 Emerson St. near John Nolen Drive. Firefighters arrived about two minutes later. Firefighters said the family left their portable fire pit on overnight in the back deck outside.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 1:35:51 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Teen killed by falling tree in Prairie Lake Township

A teen male was killed when a tree fell on him in Prairie Lake Township, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. A 911 call around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, said a male was injured in the 600 block of 19th Street. Chetek Ambulance Service, Chetek Fire Department, Chetek First Responders and Barron County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 1:03:45 PM - SOURCE: Chetek Alert

Appleton: Fox Valley Tech faculty learn how fire is used in wildlife management

The start of school is just around the corner. But before class is back in session at Fox Valley Technical College, teachers took some time to study up Thursday. "One of the experiences that we're doing is wildlife habitat management utilizing fire," said Wildland Fire Instructor Jon Kellermann. Teachers from different departments were able to watch controlled burns up close, and even got some hands-on experience starting and managing the burns.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 3:45:08 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Golf outing in Neenah becomes fundraiser for family of fallen Appleton firefighter

The community is stepping up again to help the family of a fallen Appleton firefighter. Thirty-four teams teed off for the "Honor Our Heroes Golf Outing" at Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah Thursday morning. All proceeds are being donated to the family of Appleton driver-engineer Mitch Lundgaard. Organizers originally planned to donate the proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 3:45:07 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Kaukauna firefighters shave heads to support wife battling cancer

The Assistant Chief of the Kaukauna Fire Department is voicing gratitude to his fellow firefighters for a display of solidarity. Chad Gerrits said his wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that has moved into her lung. Jennifer's treatment has caused her to lose all her hair. While she was in chemotherapy treatment Thursday, the City of Kaukauna Fire Department sent a photo showing the entire fire department with shaved heads in honor of Jennifer.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 2:57:31 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Firefighters snuff attic fire in Bristol

Firefighters extinguished a small fire in a Bristol home’s attic Tuesday. According to a news release from Bristol Fire Chief John Niederer, the fire was reported at about 11:24 a.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 14100 block of 60th St. Bristol crews were dispatched along with neighboring companies via Automatic Aid because because Bristol first responders had been dispatched 13 minutes earlier to a medical call in the 18400 block of 120th St.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:06:17 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Burn survivors attend camp in East Troy, celebrated by local fire departments, emergency responders

More than 50 kids from across Wisconsin are in East Troy this week to attend a burn survivors camp. The week-long event is held at Camp Timber-lee and put on by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation. It is the 25th year of the annual event. Campers enjoy zip-lining, horseback riding and archery.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 11:40:19 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

2 rescued as firefighters battle fully engulfed garage fire along Parkview Drive in Mequon

Firefighters were dispatched to a garage fire along Parkview Drive just west of Eastgate Drive in Mequon on Thursday morning, Aug. 15. Fire crews were called out shortly before 10:30 a.m. Upon the arrival of firefighters, the garage was fully engulfed. One person inside the home was able to get out safely, while another person was trapped and unable to exit.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 9:42:38 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee facing looming jump in annual pension contributions in midst of challenging budget

The city's fire and police sworn personnel make up about 80% of the total pension costs. Barrett said the city is looking at the structure of the pension system for all other police officers and firefighters throughout Wisconsin as a potential template for the city's package for those departments. Milwaukee and Milwaukee County are separate from the state's retirement system.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 4:52:54 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

City to proceed with Port Washington firehouse design despite questions

The Port Washington Police and Fire Commission on Monday authorized Fire Chief Mark Mitchell to seek proposals from architectural firms for the design of a new fire station and renovation of the existing firehouse, despite the fact that the location of a new facility hasn’t been determined nor has the question of whether a joint city-county facility will be constructed.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:52:01 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Sun Prairie burn survivor gets Optimist grant

The ball went into the neighbor’s yard. Little Eli and his twin brother were playing and the neighbor’s dog got the ball. The boys’ foster mother didn’t like that. She got angry. She took Eli inside the house and held him while she turned on the hot water, holding him until the scalding hot water burned his arms.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 1:05:10 PM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

No one injured in fire at apartment building in Weston

VIDEO: No one was injured in an apartment fire Wednesday on Camp Phillips Road, authorities said. Crews responded just before noon to the two-story complex at 5910 Camp Phillips Road for a report of smoke coming from an air-conditioning unit, Everest Metro Police Sgt. Terry Peterson said. The eight-unit complex is at the intersection of Camp Phillips and Winding Ridge Way.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 11:16:46 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Stevens Point arsonist gets 3-years in jail

An arsonist from Stevens Point was sentenced to three years in prison as part of a plea deal. Gary McDonald appeared in Portage County court on Wednesday. He was initially charged with attempted homicide, because people were living in the home he attempted to burn down. He set three fires inside the home, including pouring gasoline on a bed while people were sleeping.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 9:52:47 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390