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Wisconsin Fire News

Update: Man killed in Town of Green Lake fire identified

Authorities have identified the man killed in a house fire in east-central Wisconsin. Green Lake County sheriff's officials say crews were called to the fire at W2081 Tuleta Road north of Markesan near the south shore of Green Lake around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and found the house engulfed in flames. A search team found 29-year-old Justin Lewis in the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WiscNews

13 people displaced by Madison structure fire

Madison firefighters are on scene to put out a structure fire on Monday afternoon. Dane County Dispatch said the call came in just after 2:30 p.m. for a report of structure fire in the 2100 block of Luann Lane. Madison fire spokesperson Cynthia Schuster confirmed that 13 people and their pets have been displaced by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 2:01:05 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Kenosha County: Crash sends four to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

Four people were taken to the hospital, including one person whose injuries were believed life-threatening, following a three-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of 54th Street and Sheridan Road Sunday night. The accident, which was reported around 5:50 p.m., forced a smaller vehicle to crash into the Kenosha County parking garage structure west of the scene and east of the nearby Metra train station.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 2:01:46 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Fall Creek Area Fire District hosts chicken feed fundraiser

A chicken feed fundraiser took place Sunday for the Fall Creek Area Fire District. Besides lunch, the event also included paddle raffles and an open house. Firefighters say the money raised is used to purchase equipment, including a UTV and ice rescue suits. The open house gives community members a chance to see the newest equipment and learn more about what the fire district has done the last year.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 3:04:28 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Pancake feed supports Rock Creek Fire Department

The snowy weather didn't keep community members from supporting a local fire department Sunday morning. The Rock Creek Fire Department held its annual pancake feed fundraiser. It took place at the Rock Falls Town Hall. The menu included pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Firefighters served around 100 people during Sunday's breakfast.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 3:04:28 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Town of Green Lake house fire leaves one dead

PHOTO: A house fire in the Town of Green Lake early Sunday morning left a man dead after fire fully engulfed the home, the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department said. Green Lake County dispatch received a call of of a house fire on Tuleta Hill Road at about 1:14 a.m. from a citizen on the south side of Big Green Lake.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 1:04:08 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Beyond the 'Golden Hour': Racine Fire Department questioned after lake suicide

At 2:18 a.m. on Dec. 30, the Racine County Dispatch Center received a 911 phone call from a local man as a tragic series of events began to unfold. The caller said his girlfriend, 40-year-old Valencia Days, was suicidal and had driven her vehicle into Lake Michigan. The caller said Days told him her green SUV was floating somewhere along the city’s shore, naming the oasis or North Beach as potential locations.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 4:35:34 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Cold Water Suits Help Fire Departments During Phelps Event

A recent event in Phelps helped bring in money for area fire departments. The Blast Off event was held January 26th as part of the Blizzard Blast events. But Phelps Chamber Director Celeste Hendrickson says the hightlight of the day was a competition called the Bob Off.. "...We took four volunteer firefighters and we got them into their cold water rescue gear, we cut a hole in the ice on North Twin(lake) and they competed to see how long they could last.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 7:43:23 AM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Public Radio

Body identified as missing Milwaukee teacher

A body found inside a burned vehicle located north of Chicago has been identified as that of a missing Milwaukee woman. Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper announced Thursday dental records confirmed the body found late Saturday is that of 56-year-old teacher Kathleen Ryan. Cooper says additional testing is needed before he releases the preliminary cause of Ryan's death.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 6:54:37 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Appleton firefighters get more calls, fewer fires

Appleton firefighters saw a five percent increase in the number of calls last year, with just over 5,000. There were nearly 3,400 EMS calls, and they were also up five percent. Battalion Chief Joe Strauss says there was an 18 percent drop in the number of fires, to 100. Strauss says over the past 10 years, the number of overall calls has more than doubled.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 3:39:22 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Milwaukee Police and Fire departments ready to compete for a good cause

VIDEO: In March, the Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments will compete in two hockey games to raise money for charities. A spirited photo shoot to promote the games pit a Milwaukee Admirals hockey player in firefighter gear against another Admirals player in police gear. "It's heavy. My neck's getting a workout right now," said Admirals right wing Zach Magwood.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 7:12:37 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

‘A very difficult time:’ Law enforcement, emergency responders salute fallen Milwaukee police dept. officer

VIDEO: Law enforcement officers, emergency responders and residents lined the route of a procession for a fallen Milwaukee police officer on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6. Officer Matthew Rittner was shot while serving a search warrant with the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit near 12th and Manitoba around 9:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 9:19:12 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Port explores shared Port-Saukville firehouse

Port Washington Mayor Marty Becker announced Tuesday he has formed a task force to look at the need for a new fire station — a firehouse that potentially could be shared with the Village of Saukville. The focus, Becker said, is to meet Port’s needs for a new firehouse, but if the task force finds a location and design that would allow for a joint facility, that would be ideal.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 7:26:04 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Oshkosh man dies after crash with front-loader on Washburn Street

VIDEO: A 60-year-old Oshkosh man has died after a two-vehicle crash involving a front-loader Tuesday evening. Both the front-loader and an unspecified vehicle were heading north on South Washburn Street just before 5:30 p.m. when the vehicle failed to stop and rear-ended the front-loader, according to Oshkosh police.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Car crashes into south side Milwaukee cake shop, creates dangerous gas leak

Police are assessing the damage of an early Wednesday morning crash into a cake shop on Milwaukee's south side. Firefighters say just after 1:30 a.m. a driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed into Gloria's Cake Shop & Cafe on 26th and National Avenue causing significant damage. The vehicle appears to have been going too fast for icy road conditions, police say.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 6:49:45 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Car crashes into south side Milwaukee cake shop, creates dangerous gas leak

Police are assessing the damage of an early Wednesday morning crash into a cake shop on Milwaukee's south side. Firefighters say just after 1:30 a.m. a driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed into Gloria's Cake Shop & Cafe on 26th and National Avenue causing significant damage. The vehicle appears to have been going too fast for icy road conditions, police say.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 6:49:45 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Boy raises $2,000 for Rhinelander firefighter gear after bond develops over cancer treatment

VIDEO: Watching a boy who's become a good friend deliver a thank you speech left Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams struggling to find his own words on Tuesday afternoon. "It's pretty tough," Williams said, pausing to compose himself. "It means a lot." Isaac King stood in the fire house that's become like a second home to him with a message and a gift: 20 particle barrier hoods -- one for each firefighter -- which go under a helmet and protect firefighters from cancer-causing materials while on the job.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 5:31:46 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Boy raises $2,000 for Rhinelander firefighter gear after bond develops over cancer treatment

VIDEO: Watching a boy who's become a good friend deliver a thank you speech left Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams struggling to find his own words on Tuesday afternoon. "It's pretty tough," Williams said, pausing to compose himself. "It means a lot." Isaac King stood in the fire house that's become like a second home to him with a message and a gift: 20 particle barrier hoods -- one for each firefighter -- which go under a helmet and protect firefighters from cancer-causing materials while on the job.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 5:31:46 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Follow Up: Platteville firefighter takes his life; Fire Chief speaks on importance of mental health

VIDEO: On Friday, Platteville Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn't expecting. "It felt like a shock to us," Simmons said. Volunteer firefighter Tim Ebert died by suicide last week. "He was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a volunteer on the Fire Department, he was a pretty busy guy," Simmons said.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 6:33:47 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Follow Up: Platteville firefighter takes his life; Fire Chief speaks on importance of mental health

VIDEO: On Friday, Platteville Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn't expecting. "It felt like a shock to us," Simmons said. Volunteer firefighter Tim Ebert died by suicide last week. "He was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a volunteer on the Fire Department, he was a pretty busy guy," Simmons said.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 6:33:47 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

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