January 29, 2015 |
A fiery sex scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News today that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before he retired in June. The paramedic filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct against another paramedic. Soon after, rumors surfaced that she had sexual encounters with numerous firefighters, paramedics and supervisors in firehouses while on- and off-duty all around the city.
January 14, 2015 |
One of Philadelphia's first female firefighters eulogized fallen comrade Joyce Craig on Monday as a woman who not only broke stereotypes but encouraged others to do the same. At a memorial service marking the end of the city's monthlong mourning period, Lt. Diane Mercer said Craig often spoke with young women in her neighborhood about how to enter the demanding field. "May Joyce's spirit and tenacity to be the best that she could be continue through all of us," said Mercer, who in 1985 was sworn in as one of the city's first three female firefighters.
December 22, 2014 |
AS FIRE Department leadership decides the fate of a paramedic who caused an uproar with a controversial Instagram post, one question still burns. What are department members like Marcel Salters, a paramedic at Medic 23 in West Philly, allowed to post on social media? The rules seem pretty standard for professionals, at least according to the Fire Department's social media and networking guidelines, obtained by the Daily News . Employees can't post "messages, images, comments or cartoons" that are threatening or sexually explicit, or hurl epithets or slurs against race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, according to the guidelines.
December 17, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian has released his own recovery plan for his ailing city in response to recommendations submitted by key lawmakers after two days of summit meetings here led by Gov. Christie. While the mayor's findings largely mirror those of the summit - including reducing the municipal payroll, stabilizing the tax rate for casinos, and finding alternative revenue sources for the Atlantic City School District - Guardian is adamantly opposed to having an emergency manager and lukewarm to regionalizing the city's police force.
December 15, 2014 |
Derek Horsey's 80-year-old mother was having a stroke two months ago at their home in West Oak Lane when Firefighter Joyce Craig came to save her. "My mother was on the floor," Horsey said. Craig gained entry through a window and Doris Horsey was taken to Einstein Medical Center. "If it wasn't for her," he said, "no telling where my mother would be. " On Friday, Horsey joined the hundreds of people who endured a frigid December night to line up outside Batchelor Bros. Funeral Services to pay their respects to Craig, the first female Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty.
December 12, 2014 |
JOYCE CRAIG, who became the first female firefighter to die on duty in Philadelphia when she got trapped in a basement fire and perished early Tuesday, will be laid to rest Saturday morning. Well-wishers will have several opportunities to pay their respects: * Viewings are scheduled at Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services, 7112 N. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and again from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. * A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at Batchelor Brothers.
October 27, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. REBATES Give us the break Gov. Christie continues to revise New Jerseyans' homestead rebates. I recently paid my property taxes and asked about the status of my rebate. The current rebate due in the second quarter of 2014 was for the year 2012. I was told that Christie has postponed this payment until mid-2015, a full three years after it is due. In 2011, he greatly reduced the amount due for the year 2009 - for me, by $1,000. The next year, he changed the system to be issued as a credit in the second quarter of the tax year, again two years behind the actual year.
October 8, 2014 |
A 1975 federal consent decree designed to remedy discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia Fire Department has been dissolved. As a result of a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Timothy Rice, Philadelphia is free of the court-ordered hiring requirements put in place to boost the percentage of African Americans serving in the city fire department. When the decree was issued 39 years ago, about 7 percent of the city's fire fighters were black. Today the figure is about 27.6 percent and an African American - Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer - leads the department's 2,100 uniformed employees.
October 1, 2014
SOMETHING WAS wrong with my computer, the caller told me. He said his systems had detected a virus. (My computer had been rather slow lately.) He said he was a computer technician with Microsoft. "How did you get my number?" I asked. "You registered on the site," he said. It was possible. Before he could help me, the man said he needed remote access to my computer. He immediately began to give me instructions on how to allow him to take over my machine. At that point, my skepticism kicked in. "You know, this sounds awfully like a scam," I said.