August 17, 2016 |
In 1970, while a senior at Audubon (N.J.) High School, Paul F. Price Sr. became a member of the Defender Fire Company in Audubon. After he had graduated and had become a customer service agent for an airline at Philadelphia International Airport, he was still ready in his off hours to respond to calls to Defender, a volunteer company, which closed in 1976. "He just loved the camaraderie of the people in the station," said George Stone, who had known Mr. Price since he first joined Defender.
July 29, 2016
Funeral services will be held next week for Philadelphia firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died Saturday while working a night shift in North Philadelphia, department officials said Wednesday.A viewing is scheduled for Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Avenue, the department said. A second viewing will take place at the church on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, the department said, and burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Easton Road.
July 26, 2016 |
Firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia on Saturday, was a kind and soft-spoken father of three who had worked in the department for more than 20 years, his family said Sunday. Lee, 42, of East Germantown, was also an accomplished amateur boxer, said his mother-in-law, Faustine Myers, and he was recently baptized at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, the same church where his son sings in a choir. "He was a wonderful man," Myers said. For each of those reasons and more, Lee's sudden death Saturday night was a complete surprise, Myers said.
June 11, 2016 |
An elderly man died in an overnight house fire in South Philadelphia. The blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. Thursday at the two-story rowhouse on the 1700 block of South Taylor Street, the Fire Department said. The man died despite fire crews' efforts to rescue him, the department said. He was found on the first floor. The cause of the fire, which was declared under control at 2:19 a.m., remains under investigation. Investigators were also still determining where in the home the fire started.
June 5, 2016 |
A woman who was injured in a rowhouse fire was recovering Friday at Temple University Hospital while her 5-year-old daughter was fighting for her life at a hospital. Kristina Henes, 38, was listed in serious condition at Temple, and her daughter, identified in TV reports as Sophia Olsen, was at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Fire officials were still trying to determine what sparked Thursday's blaze on the 3700 block of South Hereford Lane in the Morrell Park section of the Northeast.
May 31, 2016 |
A wrong turn on the way home from Taco Bell changed Adam Thiel's life. It was 24 years ago when the then-19-year-old student at American University got lost returning to campus and passed a firehouse advertising free EMT lessons. Thiel, impressed by the emergency responders who rushed his father to the hospital when he was dying of cancer, signed up and never looked back. "Once I got hooked, I was all in," said Thiel, Philadelphia's new fire commissioner. Thiel, 43, is the first non-Philadelphian to lead the city's fire department.
May 20, 2016 |
The City of Philadelphia has already spent $25 million more in overtime than it had budgeted this fiscal year. And that year doesn't end until June 30. Through the end of April, city workers were paid $159.7 million in overtime, blowing through the $135 million budgeted, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the state board that oversees the city's finances. This will be the fifth year in a row that overtime has increased substantially.
May 16, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a guy that I kind of like at school, but he's really shy and doesn't really talk to anybody. I have talked to him a couple times, and he's really nice and has good manners. He sits with me and my group every day at lunch, and I see him around school. I say hi to him every time, but I'm not really getting any results. I would really love some guidance. - Shy Teen in California DEAR SHY TEEN: I think you are doing everything you can right now without scaring him off. On the plus side, this boy is comfortable with your group, or he wouldn't be having lunch with you. If you all socialize beyond eating together (such as going to school dances or sporting events)
April 15, 2016 |
Philadelphia police-officer staffing levels are the lowest in 22 years, Commissioner Richard Ross told City Council on Wednesday, and the department is considering changing its age and college-credit requirements to see if that might alleviate the problem. "We need to get boots on the ground more so than any crime strategy," Ross said during testimony at a hearing on the department's budget. In his three hours of testimony, Ross stressed the need for more officers and addressed Council members' concerns about surveillance cameras and police overtime.
March 29, 2016 |
A carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation early Sunday morning of a hookah lounge in Old City, along with a restaurant and some apartment units above. The Philadelphia Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of Chestnut Street at 12:46 a.m. after a resident of an upstairs apartment smelled gas, the fire department said. Police and PGW also responded to the scene. B Side Hookah Lounge and the nearby Barra's Italian Restaurant & Lounge were evacuated, as were the apartments.