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Unsung Heroes event in Milwaukee honors first responders: ‘It isn’t a career it’s a calling’

Hundreds came together to honor first responders on Thursday evening, June 20. The Unsung Hero event, put on by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, recognizes firefighters, paramedics and police officers for what they do as well as unsung heroes who died in the line of duty. "This isn't a job, it isn't a career, it's a calling so we just do it because we love it and so when we have opportunities like this," said Michael Bongiorno, union president.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 8:22:04 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Family's home a total loss after structure fire in Rock County

The home of a family of four is a total loss after a structure fire in Rock County Wednesday, according to the Town of Beloit deputy fire chief. The call reporting a structure fire in the 7500 block of West Highway 81 came in at about 2:33 p.m. Wednesday. The Orfordville Fire Department called for mutual aid to assist with the response to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 4:39:33 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wausau Fire Department kicks off annual Fill the Boot campaign

The Wausau Fire Department kicked off their annual Fill the Boot campaign during Concerts on the Square Wednesday evening. The money raised goes to supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA) which is a partner of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). Wednesday’s event was the first Fill the Boot event of the year, there will be ones during Wausau Rib and Baloon Fest, Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, and the last one will be during the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 3:06:22 AM - SOURCE: WAOW News

Father's Day fire created a scar of ashes in Iola's downtown 20 years ago; The comeback started immediately

Days after a fire brought down a third of Iola's downtown, Kori Printz, her mom, dad and a good friend sifted through 6 feet of rubble and debris. She'd lost everything she owned after moving into her first apartment. Printz, then 21, remembers how 20 years ago she and her two roommates were in their apartment when they spotted the smoke half a block away.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Stevens Point emergency services are training for worst case scenarios

People in the Stevens Point area may have noticed more emergency vehicles and personnel than usual on Wednesday. The 5th Annual Rescue Task Force training is taking place at UW-Stevens Point. The training is a huge a undertaking giving more than 50 emergency responders real life practice for a mass casualty incident.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 4:51:09 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Beloit firefighters improve life-saving abilities due to Mercyhealth donation

The Beloit Fire Department is improving its life-saving capabilities thanks to a Mercyhealth donation of a mechanical CPR device. The LUCAS Chest Compression System has been awarded to 30 regional emergency medical service agencies by the Mercyhealth Development Foundation. The new mechanical CPR device is proven to help boost cardiac arrest survival rates and save lives, according to Jay MacNeal, Director of Mercyhealth's MD-1 Physicians.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 8:40:57 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

De Pere Fire Rescue looking to curb cancer risks

De Pere Fire Rescue is taking a proactive approach to combating cancer risks. Eric Johnson, Assistant Chief of Training & Safety for De Pere Fire Rescue, will be hosting a special Safety Stand Down this week. Safety Stand Downs for fire departments originated in 2005 as a one-day event to cease training, and focus attention and efforts toward safety concerns that lead to Line of Duty Deaths (LODD).
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 2:34:23 PM - SOURCE: De Pere, WI

Fire at Watertown home displaces 4 people, officials say

Four people are displaced from their home after a fire in Watertown. The Watertown Fire Department said it received a call that smoke was observed at a two-family residence at 604 N. Second Street around 8:10 p.m. Firefighters found smoke in the interior of the home on the second floor and put it out, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 11:16:36 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire destroys North Fond du Lac home, two dogs perish

A North Fond du Lac home was destroyed by a fire Monday night. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue after 8:30 p.m., according to a North Fond du Lac Fire Department news release. Crews tried to make entry into the home, but the conditions were untenable, so they fought the fire from outside the home, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 6:39:34 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Not enough fire trucks in Menomonee Falls even after the board replaces one

Menomonee Falls took little action to deal with some broken fire equipment and not enough firefighters Monday night. Two weeks ago, Menomonee Falls Fire Department did not have any working fire engines. During a special meeting last week, the department said it would not have enough firefighters in a couple weeks.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 4:00:27 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

West Allis man leaps from roof to escape house fire

A lack of smoke detectors contributed to a West Allis man getting trapped inside his burning home June 16, forcing him to leap to safety from the roof of the house. Shortly before 12:55 p.m., the West Allis Fire Department responded to a cottage in the rear of a property at 1308 S. 63rd St. with a “heavy fire” on the first floor, according to Assistant Chief Jay Scharfenberg.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 6:10:16 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Two teens taken into custody in relation to fire at Pembine railroad depot

The Pembine railroad depot is believed to be a total loss after a fire broke out late Monday morning. The building caught fire just before 11 a.m. Firefighters from the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Fire Department arrived, and found the building engulfed in flames. Crews closed a portion of Highway 141 as they battled the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 12:52:40 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Madison: Memorial service honors firefighter, dad this Father's Day following Ironman deaths

As many honor their dads Sunday, one father’s recognition went above and beyond. Friends, family members and colleagues celebrated and remembered the life of firefighter Todd Mahoney, one of two men who died earlier this week after being rescued from the swimming portion of the Half Ironman Triathlon.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 6:03:40 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Related: Firefighters from across state cover for Madison colleagues

Firefighters from across Wisconsin staffed Madison fire stations and ambulances Sunday, so the city's firefighters could attend a memorial service for Todd Mahoney, the firefighter who died after competing in the half-Ironman triathlon last weekend. The 38-year-old Mahoney was found unresponsive in Lake Monona Sunday during the swimming portion of the 70.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 5:49:58 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125 years of serving community

The Onalaska Fire Department held a 125th anniversary celebration at American Legion Post 336 on Saturday. Guests were greeted by firefighters who demonstrated their skills rescuing people from vehicles and educated people about fire and safety. Kids could burn some energy in a water gun fight or on a rock climbing wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2019 4:31:31 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

After Appleton shooting, local agencies consider new approach for overdose response

First responders across the region may start searching or restraining patients before delivering life-saving medication for drug overdoses in the wake of a deadly shooting. Police and fire departments are re-examining their protocols after a man who received Narcan turned on first responders on May 15, fatally shooting an Appleton firefighter and injuring a police officer.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 2:06:28 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Update: Ironman deaths unrelated, Dane County authorities say

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff's department confirms to News 3 Now that the two deaths at last week's Ironman are unrelated. Two men died following an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, over the weekend, the Madison Fire Department said. Todd Mahoney, 38, an apparatus engineer with the fire department, and Michael McCulloch, 61, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, both died during the swimming portion, which is 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 4:37:10 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125th anniversary

The Onalaska Fire Department is planning a celebration Saturday to honor its 125th anniversary. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Onalaska Community Days Saturday at the American Legion, Post 336, 732 Sand Lake Road in Onalaska. Members of the fire department will conduct demonstrations of vehicle extrication, provide educational materials on fire and life safety prevention, display a piece of the World Trade Center as well as various apparatus of the department’s fleet, and the popular water wars for the kids.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:47:21 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125th

The Onalaska Fire Department is planning a celebration Saturday to honor its 125th anniversary. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Onalaska Community Days Saturday at the American Legion, Post 336, 732 Sand Lake Road in Onalaska. Members of the fire department will conduct demonstrations of vehicle extrication, provide educational materials on fire and life safety prevention, display a piece of the World Trade Center as well as various apparatus of the department’s fleet, and the popular water wars for the kids.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:47:21 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Madison Fire Department waiting for answers after firefighter, triathlete dies

Members of the Madison Fire Dept. are still looking for answers following the death of one of their own. Firefighter Todd Mahoney passed away Tuesday in the hospital following a two day battle for his life. Mahoney is the second athlete to die after being rescued during the swimming portion of the half Ironman on Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 5:03:38 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

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