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August 29, 1993 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The gunman escaped from the building and shot at police before he was stopped in the parking lot. Police fired back. "Bang, you're dead," said a guard. The showdown was a practice session for the Upper Moreland Area Emergency Response Team, a task force of seven eastern Montgomery County police departments that share expertise for when real-life hostage situations or other crises arise. "If it was real life, the gunman would never have gotten away," said the team's commander, Upper Moreland Lt. Alex Levy.
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August 24, 2011
Sunoco Inc. says a small fire struck one of three crude-oil units at its South Philadelphia refinery at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. "It was quickly extinguished by our in-plant emergency response team," said Thomas Golembeski, Sunoco's spokesman. "There were no injuries or off-site impacts as a result of the incident. " He said that the unit was running "at a reduced rate" and that the incident was under investigation.    - Andrew Maykuth
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October 4, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Seventy-five residents were evacuated from an East Goshen apartment complex early yesterday as a heavily armed neighbor engaged police in a 4 1/2-hour standoff. While neighbors waited in the early morning hours at the township building, negotiators from the Delaware County Emergency Response Team and 10 Chester County police agencies negotiated with Randy Morris, 40, a despondent Vietnam veteran. Morris had shut himself up in his apartment at the New Kent Apartments off Boot Road and was threatening to kill himself.
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September 20, 1990 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
The woman had a protection-from-abuse order against her husband, but when he continued to harass her, she went to Folcroft Regional Court to ask a district justice about filing charges against him. She had planned to tell the judge that her husband was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. For her own safety and the safety of their two children, he needed to be put away. But the woman never got to see the judge last Friday morning. Instead, her husband burst into the office brandishing an AK-47 automatic rifle, shouting at and cursing his wife.
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May 22, 2003 | By REGINA MEDINA medinar@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Philadelphia has stepped up security in response to the federal government kicking up its terror alert to orange, city officials said yesterday. The city has created an emergency-response team working around the clock and has ordered the return of car searches at Philadelphia International Airport. Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson outlined the changes during an afternoon press conference, stressing, "we have no specific . . . threats at all pertaining to Philadelphia.
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February 7, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dressed as an ambulance worker, Walter J. Senkow walked up the stairs of a home where a terminally ill man had barricaded himself with a gun in neighboring Aldan Borough. Because the man had refused to answer the phone for negotiations, Senkow and another member of the Emergency Response Team of Delaware County went inside. Peeking through the bedroom door, Senkow found a gun in his face. Senkow was able to talk to the man and gain his confidence to the extent that the man dropped his gun on the floor.
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March 11, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A trailer truck loaded with infectious medical waste dropped seven containers onto Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, late Thursday. Several of the containers, similar to trash cans, broke open, scattering the waste over the highway and forcing the closing of the southbound lanes for more than seven hours, authorities said. State police, aided by members of the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, shut down the highway from the Scudders Falls Bridge south to the Newtown exit.
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August 19, 2004 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vincent J. Borrelli, the Delaware River Port Authority's $126,955-a-year director of public safety, was promoted yesterday to the newly created position of chief public safety officer and given a $33,045 raise. The promotion recognizes the increased responsibilities Borrelli has taken on post-Sept. 11, including development of a marine unit, an emergency response team, and new federal homeland security regulations, said chief executive officer John J. Matheussen, to whom Borrelli will report directly.
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May 20, 1993 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jack Egan, an East Lansdowne police sergeant, had just finished his midnight-to-8 shift and had settled down to read the morning newspaper when his beeper went off. A 27-year-old man had abducted his estranged common-law wife at knifepoint and was holding her hostage in a Clifton Heights apartment, Egan was told. En route to the apartment, the abductor - whom police identified as John Connelly - had cut the victim on her arm, neck and hand as she struggled. Then, he slashed his own wrist.
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December 8, 2005 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An inmate uprising virtually shut down the Chester County Prison for several hours March 3, witnesses testified yesterday. The testimony came on the third day of a Chester County Court jury trial that began with five defendants, who faced charges of riot, conspiracy and related offenses. Three pleaded guilty this week; five others admitted their guilt before the trial started. During his opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Ronald C. Yen told the panel of six men and six women that Steven M. Williams, Akram Jones, and their eight coconspirators repeatedly "blew off direct orders" to return to their cells after lunch.
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October 6, 2014 | By Laura Weiss, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a patient with Ebola infected seven nurses at Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Liberia, the response was dramatic. The staff abandoned the hospital, and then the patients who could walk left, too. Adam C. Levine, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, wrote about that incident for the Huffington Post under the title "Dispatch From Liberia. " He later described how the International Medical Corps had called him, a member of its emergency response team, to respond.
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May 25, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a daylong standoff, police persuaded a Bucks County man who had barricaded himself in his house to come out - but not, they said, before he allegedly tried to disable a SWAT team robot with a stick. The confrontation began about 11:40 a.m. Friday when Bedminster police received a call about a possibly suicidal man from one of his relatives. The caller told police the 52-year-old man, whose name police did not release, had recently bought a shotgun. When police arrived at the Wigton Circle apartment where the man lives with a roommate, they could hear him screaming, Sgt. Brian Pfaff said.
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August 24, 2011
Sunoco Inc. says a small fire struck one of three crude-oil units at its South Philadelphia refinery at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. "It was quickly extinguished by our in-plant emergency response team," said Thomas Golembeski, Sunoco's spokesman. "There were no injuries or off-site impacts as a result of the incident. " He said that the unit was running "at a reduced rate" and that the incident was under investigation.    - Andrew Maykuth
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December 8, 2005 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An inmate uprising virtually shut down the Chester County Prison for several hours March 3, witnesses testified yesterday. The testimony came on the third day of a Chester County Court jury trial that began with five defendants, who faced charges of riot, conspiracy and related offenses. Three pleaded guilty this week; five others admitted their guilt before the trial started. During his opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Ronald C. Yen told the panel of six men and six women that Steven M. Williams, Akram Jones, and their eight coconspirators repeatedly "blew off direct orders" to return to their cells after lunch.
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August 19, 2004 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vincent J. Borrelli, the Delaware River Port Authority's $126,955-a-year director of public safety, was promoted yesterday to the newly created position of chief public safety officer and given a $33,045 raise. The promotion recognizes the increased responsibilities Borrelli has taken on post-Sept. 11, including development of a marine unit, an emergency response team, and new federal homeland security regulations, said chief executive officer John J. Matheussen, to whom Borrelli will report directly.
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May 22, 2003 | By REGINA MEDINA medinar@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Philadelphia has stepped up security in response to the federal government kicking up its terror alert to orange, city officials said yesterday. The city has created an emergency-response team working around the clock and has ordered the return of car searches at Philadelphia International Airport. Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson outlined the changes during an afternoon press conference, stressing, "we have no specific . . . threats at all pertaining to Philadelphia.
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August 22, 2001 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The police call went out yesterday at 3 p.m.: Incident at New Hope-Solebury Middle School. Within seconds, members of the Central Bucks Emergency Response Team dashed to their police cars, not knowing that they were heading toward a developing hostage drama. Fortunately, it wasn't a real one. It was a staged event, a test of the emergency-response skills and preparedness of a team whose mission is to defuse life-threatening situations. "We do this once or twice a year to keep them sharp," said Harris Gubernick, the county's deputy director of corrections, who helped plan the exercise.
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May 11, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The people who 911 operator Julia Rodriguez dispatched on an emergency call Feb. 11 "weren't qualified to deliver pizza," a prosecutor said. As a result of her actions, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson yesterday, Rodriguez endangered the lives of at least five people. And, he said, she may have been the reason that Ralph R. Beswick Sr., 65, of Kensington, is dead. Rodriguez, 30, working as a 911 call-taker for the Fire Department, failed to order a dispatcher to send help to Beswick's Schiller Street home after receiving a call that he had collapsed.
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February 7, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dressed as an ambulance worker, Walter J. Senkow walked up the stairs of a home where a terminally ill man had barricaded himself with a gun in neighboring Aldan Borough. Because the man had refused to answer the phone for negotiations, Senkow and another member of the Emergency Response Team of Delaware County went inside. Peeking through the bedroom door, Senkow found a gun in his face. Senkow was able to talk to the man and gain his confidence to the extent that the man dropped his gun on the floor.
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March 11, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A trailer truck loaded with infectious medical waste dropped seven containers onto Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, late Thursday. Several of the containers, similar to trash cans, broke open, scattering the waste over the highway and forcing the closing of the southbound lanes for more than seven hours, authorities said. State police, aided by members of the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, shut down the highway from the Scudders Falls Bridge south to the Newtown exit.
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