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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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March 27, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE PHILADELPHIA Civil Service Commission today will hear a pitch on how the Nutter administration plans to make staffing changes to ambulance runs - but not without resistance from the union that represents the city's firefighters and paramedics. Nutter is seeking approval from the Civil Service Commission to allow the Fire Department to implement a new deployment plan for 9-1-1 calls - one that replaces the two paramedics who are dispatched with one paramedic and one EMT. Paramedics receive more in-depth training than their EMT counterparts.
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March 27, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Firefighters' Union Local 22 is pushing back at Mayor Nutter's proposal to send out ambulances on advanced life-support calls with a paramedic and lesser-qualified EMT rather than the usual two paramedics. Local 22 president Joe Schulle said the proposal exposes the public to risk by dipping below the National Fire Protection Association standard of two paramedics and two EMTs for every ALS call. "We're taking a serious step back in our emergency medical protection that we offer to citizens.
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March 25, 2014 | By Jerry Iannelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDFORD Once Kevin O'Toole's oxygen mask began to melt, he closed his eyes and said goodbye to his loved ones. The Bladensburg, Md., firefighter was pinned on his back in a room swallowed by fire, with none of his fellow volunteers in sight and nothing to listen to but the whoosh of the flames. O'Toole had no choice but to accept that he was going to die. Through the heroism of fellow firefighter Ethan Sorrell, who found O'Toole lying unconscious in the burning Maryland house, the 21-year-old was carried to safety, and is left with only a few burn scars to remind him of the day he nearly lost his life.
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March 18, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
PENNSAUKEN Mike Sammon stood in Pennsauken's Fire Station No. 4 on a recent afternoon as winter at last began yielding to spring. "I've been here half my life," Sammon, 46, said, a gold fire-rescue charm around his neck. "It's been home to me. " But as of March 31, the 89-year-old Delaware Gardens Volunteer Fire Company will close in an effort to increase efficiency and firefighter safety, officials say. Contributing in large part to the decision is a decline in fire volunteers, a national trend that has hit home for the station on 49th Street.
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March 13, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
BELIEVING HE was a prophet with supernatural powers on a mission from God to conquer evil in Philadelphia, a Virginia Beach police officer stabbed two firefighters he thought were demons trying to stop his crusade, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Illinois federal court. Bradley Colas, the officer who filed the lawsuit, said that a generic form of the antibiotic Biaxin, which he was prescribed to treat bronchitis, caused him to experience an intense psychotic episode on March 4, 2012.
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March 4, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Y. Holcombe, 72, a former Philadelphia radio dispatcher and the widow of Fire Capt. David Holcombe, who died in the One Meridian Plaza fire in 1991, died Saturday, Feb. 8, of lung cancer at her home in San Rafael, Calif. In 1998, Mrs. Holcombe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department, where she had worked in the radio room for many years. Before that, she worked briefly as a pharmacy technician at a drugstore in the city. David Holcombe, commander of Engine Company 11 at Sixth and South Streets, was one of three firefighters killed Feb. 23, 1991, during the 12-alarm blaze at One Meridian Plaza.
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February 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOHN WILLIS got to see what few Americans have ever seen - the explosion of a hydrogen bomb. He was an Air Force enlisted man stationed on the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific in the 1950s when the United States conducted a series of nuclear tests there. Enewetak and nearby Bikini Atoll were hammered by a total of 43 nuclear explosions between 1948 and 1958. John Willis was stationed on Enewetak after his enlistment in 1953. He was discharged in 1957.
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February 18, 2014 | BY JOE SCHULLE
PHILADELPHIA Firefighters and Paramedics Local Union 22 will soon be confronting the two-year anniversary of an event we wish had never occurred - the tragic deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney in the infamous April 9, 2012, Kensington warehouse fire. That warehouse had long been neglected by its out-of-state owners and had been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore and death trap that ultimately claimed the lives of two of our brothers. The city's response - then and now - was tepid.
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February 14, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As flames crept through the second floor of his North Philadelphia home Wednesday morning, 72-year-old Edwin Walker managed to struggle out of a window onto the porch roof. Then he climbed back inside. He reappeared minutes later on the front porch, his neighbors would tell the Fire Department. But he seemed confused and disoriented. Then, again, he turned around and went inside. A few neighbors dashed after him. They made it just inside the front door, only to see Walker running upstairs.
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February 6, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE FAMILIES of fallen Philadelphia Fire Department Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney wanted justice, plain and simple. What they got, nearly two years after Neary and Sweeney died while battling an enormous factory fire in Kensington, was a whole lot of nothin'. Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22, said yesterday that Neary's and Sweeney's kin were "devastated" when they learned Monday that District Attorney Seth Williams wasn't going to file charges against Michael and Nahman Lichtenstein, the owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery factory, despite a damning 110-page grand-jury report on the case.
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