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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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July 21, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The Kenney administration granted 3.25 percent raises to the 2,100 members of the Fire Department, effective July 1. The raises were part of a reopening of the firefighters' four-year contract, which expires next year. When the contract, which was retroactive to 2013, was signed in January 2015, it awarded raises for the first three years and left the fourth year open for negotiation. The agreement called for annual raises of 3, 3, and 3.25 percent, with a reopener in 2016. City spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said an arbiter decided on the 3.25 percent wage increase for 2017.
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July 11, 2016
A fire that erupted at a West Philadelphia rowhouse early Saturday sent a few firefighters and residents to a hospital for minor injuries and spread to at least two other homes, authorities said. Flames broke out at the home on the 5800 block of Larchwood Avenue at about 1:05 a.m., with heavy fire on the first and second floors, a Fire Department dispatcher said. The dwelling was fully engulfed and the fire spread to at least two other homes. A few firefighters were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for minor injuries and were in stable condition, the dispatcher said.
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July 3, 2016
A former Camden firefighter was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for collecting $82,488 from a disability pension, which the state revoked after learning he had competed in a mixed martial arts tournament and was teaching jiu jitsu classes several times a week, authorities said. Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley ordered that Shane B. Streater, 41, of Camden, give back the full amount to the pension system. Streater had been found guilty of theft by deception. Authorities said Streater received a disability pension in 2010 - the same year, investigators later discovered, he had received a black belt in jiu jitsu - after he alleged he was injured when a car struck a fire truck he was riding.
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July 2, 2016
Two Atlantic City firefighters were arrested last week after allegedly buying fake heroin from an undercover detective, authorities said. Eric Funk, 39, and Matthew Doherty, 33, would be suspended, said the Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans, who said he was unaware of the arrest until Thursday. The state police got a tip the men were buying heroin near the fire station and set up a sting. Funk was in uniform when he allegedly paid $20 for the fake heroin. Doherty, who was not in uniform, allegedly exchanged a watch for the fake heroin because he did not have enough cash.
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June 28, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Philadelphia firefighters are looking to get their EMT and paramedic peers in the city's Firefighters and Paramedics Union the same disability coverage they enjoy. The Heart and Lung Act of 1935 compels employers of public-safety workers such as police and firefighters - but not EMTs and paramedics - to get their full pay and health coverage during time off for an on-the-job injury. With help from Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County Republican and volunteer firefighter, the union, Local 22, is pushing to extend those protections to emergency medical workers, making them "financially whole" while on disability leave.
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June 26, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The charred remains of a human body were found in an empty North Philadelphia lot Friday morning after firefighters extinguished a small blaze, police said. Police received a 911 call about 10:45 a.m. in regard to a fire in the lot on the 1700 block of West Allegheny Avenue in the Tioga section. Once the fire was put out, human remains were discovered, police said. The person's gender was not immediately known. Police are investigating. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
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June 26, 2016 | By Olivia Exstrum, Staff Writer
Looking at Henry Magee's family tree is like looking at the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department. "I think [firefighting] is something that runs in the bloodline," said Magee, 66, known as "Harry," who retired from the department in 2013 and serves on the board of directors of the Fireman's Hall Museum in Old City. The Magee family's fire legacy began in 1887, when James Magee, an illiterate Irish immigrant, joined the department as a 26-year-old hose man. He transferred several times to different stations, ending at Engine 45 in Swampoodle in 1898.
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June 17, 2016
Firefighters at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in South Jersey contained a brush fire Wednesday morning that burned about 2,000 acres along the gunnery ranges at the military facility in Burlington and Ocean Counties, base officials said. The fire began at a range about 8 a.m. Tuesday. A fire Saturday that started at another range and burned about 390 acres was extinguished. There were no reported injuries, and no structural damage or threats to private residences or property, officials said.
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