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February 1, 2015 | PBy Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex - including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors - over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman's account. The alleged acts outlined in an official complaint filed last spring, the source said, included an instance in which a supervisor coerced her into a sex act and filmed it, and another in which two men locked her in an ambulance and ordered her to perform a sex act. The paramedic, whom The Inquirer is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, says that from 2011, when she was in the academy, to last year, she was pressured or coerced multiple times into having sex or performing sex acts.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed in a South Philadelphia rowhouse fire early Thursday and a police officer was injured trying to rescue them, fire officials said. The fire on the 400 block of Daly Street was reported at 1:23 a.m., officials said. Companies had arrived on the scene by 1:27, Fire Department spokesman Chief Clifford Gilliam said, and entered the house shortly afterward. Inside, they found the bodies of a man and a woman in their 60s. Gilliam would not identify them, but residents on the block said their first names were Mickey and Marsha.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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 yesterday that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before Ayers retired in June. The paramedic - whose identity is being withheld by the Daily News because of the nature of the allegations - has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct by another paramedic.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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