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December 22, 1990 | E.W. FAIRCLOTH/ DAILY NEWS
Alma and Angel Arroya get food for Christmas from firefighters at the Norris Square Community Center. Fire Commissioner Roger M. Ulshafer and other Philadelphia firefighters distributed meals to 200 low-income families as part of the Fire Department's Outreach Program. Dinners included roasting chicken, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and dessert.
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December 22, 1997 | For The Inquirer / JON ADAMS
Firefighters from the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore move garment racks up Greenfield Avenue to their new station house. The company had been quartered in a tent.
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March 17, 2011
Five firefighters were hospitalized after suffering electrical shocks while fighting a blaze in South Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. The rowhouse fire occurred near the corner of Garnet and McKean Streets around 5 p.m., Ayers said. Three firefighters were transported to Hahnemann University Hospital and the other two were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ayers said the firefighters would be kept overnight for observation as a precaution.
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August 12, 1990 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
After years of debate, Willingboro will be hiring two professional firefighters to add to its volunteer staff of approximately 70. Township manager Sadie Johnson said the firefighters, who are to drive trucks to daytime calls, were expected to begin work before the end of August, as soon as they passed their physical exams. Each firefighter will receive $26,374 a year, the same starting salary as for a township police officer. That the township hire professional firefighters was "the recommendation of the fire company commissioners who came in at budget time and talked to us about the problems they were having with daytime calls," Mayor Doreatha Campbell said.
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February 11, 1987 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, a Camden firefighter pulled a charred man from a Liberty Street fire, leaving blood on the firefighter's hands and face. The firefighter, who now suffers from Hepatitis B, suspects he may have contracted the disease from the victim's body fluids and blood. But, because the fire victim died, there is no way to prove that the firefighter contracted the disease on the job. And the firefighter, who declined to be identified, still has relapses of the disease, becoming jaundiced and weak.
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November 16, 2011
Five firefighters were hospitalized after their vehicle overturned Wednesday night in Burlington County, authorities said. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The accident occurred at 7:33 p.m. at Route 38 and Smithville Road in Lumberton, authorities said. The vehicle was identified as Engine 1311 of Lumberton Fire Company No. 1. The firefighters were transported to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly and Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro. There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident.
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August 6, 1989 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
The days of fire poles, dalmations and clanging bells are over. Today's firefighters could soon be banned from riding on the backs of the hook and ladders. In response to a federal government recommendation, West Chester's Goodwill Fire Company has bought a former ambulance and will convert it into a "firefighter transporter. " David Smiley of the Goodwill Fire Company said he expects the recommendation to be passed into a law that would require all firefighters to be wearing seat belts to and from fires.
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June 24, 1992 | BY ORLANDO A. JEWETT
I am a City of Philadelphia firefighter. I am writing this letter in regard to Mayor Rendell's proposal to City Council and the PICA board that all city workers take a pay freeze for four years and accept cuts in their health and holiday benefits. This letter is not the view of the Fire Department nor its employees. It is not my intention to express the department's views on this proposal, but to give a personal opinion. Why do city employees have to make the biggest sacrifices?
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April 25, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four firefighters and a battalion chief were rushed to the hospital after they were shocked, likely by downed electrical wires, as they were fighting a three-alarm blaze in West Philadelphia early yesterday. Two of the injured were admitted for overnight treatment. The other three were treated and released, Executive Fire Chief Daniel Williams said. Authorities ruled out lightning as the cause and said they believed the shock was caused by live wires that had fallen during the fire and came in contact with a ladder truck.
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January 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
A four-alarm fire raged at an apartment building near Rittenhouse Square for more than two hours Tuesday before being declared under control, officials said. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries as they battled the blaze at 2122 Locust St., a four-story brick building at the corner of Van Pelt Street. Twenty-one residential units in the building were evacuated after the fire was reported, shortly after 5:30 p.m. It was declared under control just before 7:45 p.m. There was fire in the basement of the building and on the roof, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
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January 14, 2016
A woman who lives in a West Chester group home for people with special needs started a fire in the building Monday night, causing about $25,000 in damages, police said.Diana Grove, 53, of the 100 block of Price Street, was arrested Monday. She was charged with arson and reckless endangerment on Tuesday and is being held at Chester County Prison. After using a lighter to set a fire in an upstairs bathroom around 8:30 p.m., she called police. She told them she set the fire intentionally, because her housemates would not let her sleep, police said.
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The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
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January 10, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
Any day now, they would have become a family of three. Devoted mom, happy toddler, and a new baby girl so eager to be born that her mother called her "Diva. " Instead, all three perished Friday in a fast-moving overnight house fire in North Philadelphia's Fairhill section. Firefighters found Elizabeth Perez, 29, near a second-floor bedroom, clutching 2-year-old Nathaniel in her arms. Minutes earlier, she had been outside, counting one, two, three, four, five, six relatives - five of them children - who had made it out safely.
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December 29, 2015
OHIO Firefighter falls into basement, dies A firefighter battling a house fire died after falling through a floor into the basement soon after entering the southwest Ohio home early Monday, authorities said. Hamilton officials said Firefighter Patrick Wolterman's death was the department's first in the line of duty since 1971. Fire department officials say he was hired in April after several years of experience with other local departments and was recently married. "Our city is in mourning with the loss of one of our heroes," said J. Scott Scrimizzi, director of public safety for the city of more than 60,000 people about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.
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December 21, 2015
A Bedminster man who tried to put out a fire at his home on Saturday was burned and authorities said he was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital on Saturday. The fire broke out shortly before noon in the house on the 1000 block of Slotter Road, police said. The 70-year-old homeowner, whose identity was not released, suffered burns to his face and airway. His wife and daughter were not hurt. Firefighters who responded to the call quickly put the fire out. - Marie McCullough  
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December 1, 2015
EDGMONT - A Delaware County firefighter was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning that left another man with life-threatening injuries. Scott Jones, 33, of Aston died after a two-car crash in Edgmont that sent both vehicles off the roadway and down an embankment, state police said. Jones had spent the last five years as a firefighter and paramedic with the Newtown Square Fire Company and was a career staff member with the Media Fire Hook and Ladder Company, according to posts on both companies' Facebook pages.
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November 19, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writers
Fire struck Moorestown's Community House, a 90-year-old landmark in the center of town, late Tuesday afternoon. Before firefighters quelled the blaze, eyewitnesses reported seeing flames bursting through the roof of the brick and stone building on East Main Street. Firefighters responded just before 5 p.m. and had the two-alarm fire under control an hour later. No one was injured, according to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Chesner. Police assisted in evacuating the building, which had some employees in it at the time, Chesner said, adding that he wasn't sure how many.
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October 30, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT HAS BEEN 10 months since firefighter Joyce Craig died in a basement blaze in West Oak Lane. But time hasn't tempered the tears of those who still miss her. They gathered yesterday at the Philadelphia Fire Academy in Upper Holmesburg, where her name was officially added to the memorial honoring the 290 firefighters who have died in the line of duty in Philly since 1871. Bagpipers played "Amazing Grace," while cadets stood at military-like attention. Craig's family - including her teenage son Mekhi and toddler daughter Laylani - laid red roses on the bronze memorial, as did a long line of somber-faced firefighters.
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