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September 14, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia lawyer Jimmy Binns took in the scene before him Friday - cops on motorcycles, cops on horses, firefighters on a truck, and even the Phillie Phanatic, all shutting down Market Street - and he remembered when the Hero Thrill Show was in need of a rescue. "I took over in 2006, when it had gone out of business," Binns said of the annual fund-raiser he heads. "They had virtually no people attending. They had about 200 people attend. Last year, we had 55,000. This is my ninth year, and I'm putting 17 children through college.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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September 14, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia lawyer Jimmy Binns took in the scene before him Friday - cops on motorcycles, cops on horses, firefighters on a truck, and even the Phillie Phanatic, all shutting down Market Street - and he remembered when the Hero Thrill Show was in need of a rescue. "I took over in 2006, when it had gone out of business," Binns said of the annual fund-raiser he heads. "They had virtually no people attending. They had about 200 people attend. Last year, we had 55,000. This is my ninth year, and I'm putting 17 children through college.
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September 4, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EX-EAGLES LINEMAN Danny Watkins has traded football for firefighting, and Philly for Dallas. Now he has some figurative fires to put out. Sports blog Crossing Broad last week posted photos of Watkins in full firefighter gear at the scene of a city blaze in 2012, behavior that the blog claims goes against Philadelphia Fire Department policy. The post's author also says, via inside sources, that Watkins bribed his way onto the trucks with Eagles tickets. But department officials who are investigating the situation say the uproar may be over a big misunderstanding: It's not uncommon, they say, to have civilians tag along with fire crews.
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September 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hoping to stabilize the dilapidated West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua, the city wants to entice police officers and firefighters to move into the struggling area - with cash to help buy homes and pay taxes on them. Officials think having police and firefighters living in Mantua and interacting as neighbors with residents would improve the quality of life in the area. But even with the cash incentives, the initial $200,000 program could be a hard sell. "It's a good idea," said Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. "However, our guys are still going to be reluctant to move into transient neighborhoods if they have kids and families.
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September 2, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Daevon celebrated his eighth birthday a few days ago, but he already has an eye on a career: firefighting. In the short term, he'd love to learn more about the job by visiting a firehouse and talking to the firefighters. He has a delightful smile and an appealing personality, and although he can be a bit shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up, especially if the conversation turns to sports. Doesn't matter which one. He loves all kinds. When Daevon must play indoors, his favorite activities are watching cartoons and listening to hip-hop.
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Delaware County volunteer firefighter allegedly enlisted a juvenile in setting fire to three vacant homes - then responded with his fire company to put out two of them - police said. John P. Corcoran IV, 19, of Glenolden, is charged with arson, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief, corruption of minors, reckless endangering another person, and related crimes, according to court records. Corcoran, who volunteers for Goodwill Fire Company 77 in Darby Township, was remanded to the county jail after failing to post $250,000 bail.
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July 30, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
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July 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD KNELLINGER, the furniture-store owner arrested in the aftermath of the 2012 warehouse fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters, pleaded guilty to two counts of false swearing yesterday. Knellinger, whose age in court records is given as both 37 and 42, was sentenced to two years of probation by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart. He must report to a probation officer in the first year of his sentence but does not have to report in the second year, according to the terms of the plea deal that was negotiated with the District Attorney's Office.
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June 15, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Friday that he had reached a deal with Gov. Christie to renew a cap on police and firefighter raises that expired in April. The new bill, scheduled for a vote Monday in the Assembly, would extend the 2 percent cap on raises awarded in arbitration through 2017. It would be retroactive to April, when the cap expired. "This is a key step toward finalizing an agreement on this important issue for both taxpayers and the police and firefighters who sacrifice so much to protect our safety," Prieto (D., Hudson)
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June 5, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  John J. Bauman Jr., 59, of Lindenwold, a volunteer fireman since he was 16, died of a heart attack on Sunday, June 1, at home. A 1972 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Bauman had worked for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Pennsauken since 1978. Mr. Bauman was "first a driver and then in the production department," his wife, Patricia, said in a phone interview. Before going to Pepsi, she said, "he worked for Coca-Cola for a short period. " "I told him, if he worked for Coors or Budweiser, I would have loved him more," she said, with a laugh.
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May 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill firefighters earned more than those in Philadelphia and New York City in recent years, and the approval of a nearly $25 million budget in 2012 went unnoticed by most residents because of a dismal election turnout, according to an audit released Wednesday by the state Comptroller's Office. The audit, which covered 2010 and 2011, also criticized the Cherry Hill fire district for giving firefighters hefty longevity payments - essentially bonuses for each year of employment - and for failing to use volunteers.
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