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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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September 9, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Camden's fire department has received a $5.2 million grant to hire 27 more firefighters, officials said Wednesday. The money, which comes after years of layoffs that hampered response times in the city, is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will boost the number of firefighters to 196. Fire Chief Michael Harper, in a brief statement Wednesday, called the hires "a breath of fresh air. " "These new firefighters will be a wonderful addition to our department," Harper said.
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September 2, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Philadelphia firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia in July, succumbed to heart disease, the Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. Lee, 42, a 17-year veteran of the department, died July 23 after being found unresponsive in the basement of the Ladder 12 firehouse, 1325 W. Cambria St. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said Lee had been responding to calls earlier in his shift. Frank Keel, spokesman for Local 22 of the firefighters union, said firefighters attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.
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August 16, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
As a Philadelphia firefighter, Steven Mesete often is required to spring into action at a moment's notice, abruptly sending his heart into rat-a-tat mode. "You can be sitting still, and then running at 100 miles an hour," he said. One day last week, Mesete ramped up his cardiovascular system in a much more controlled fashion, walking on a treadmill with wires stuck to his chest and a cardiologist standing nearby. The 41-year-old firefighter with Engine 49 in South Philadelphia was among the first in the 2,200-member department to undergo what is now a mandatory physical exam every two years.
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August 8, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Fourteen homicides. Eighteen rapes. One hundred two robberies - and more than three times as many assaults. That's a six-month snapshot of Chester, a four-square-mile Delaware County city where violence is profound. Only about 100 officers police the municipality of 34,000 residents. Law enforcement officials say their jobs get more challenging by the day. And it could be getting worse. On Tuesday, a team of economic consultants tasked with saving the beleaguered city delivered a nearly 150-page report of recommendations to residents and city employees at a packed meeting at Chester City Hall.
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August 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze at a commercial building in Pennsauken on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The firefighters, whose identities were not released, were taken to Cooper University Hospital, a Camden County dispatcher said. The blaze at 825 Hylton Rd. was reported at 1:10 p.m. and was put under control half an hour later. The dispatcher said roofing material had caught fire. The cause was under investigation. Pennsauken Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo said there was fire and smoke coming from the roof of the building, approximately 100-by-250-foot, when crews arrived.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
Funeral services will be held next week for Philadelphia firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died Saturday while working a night shift in North Philadelphia, department officials said Wednesday.A viewing is scheduled for Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Avenue, the department said. A second viewing will take place at the church on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, the department said, and burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Easton Road.
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July 26, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia on Saturday, was a kind and soft-spoken father of three who had worked in the department for more than 20 years, his family said Sunday. Lee, 42, of East Germantown, was also an accomplished amateur boxer, said his mother-in-law, Faustine Myers, and he was recently baptized at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, the same church where his son sings in a choir. "He was a wonderful man," Myers said. For each of those reasons and more, Lee's sudden death Saturday night was a complete surprise, Myers said.
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July 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia Fire Department announced the death of firefighter Gabriel Lee of Ladder Company 12 Saturday night. In a brief statement, the department said Lee "died while working his night shift" and that "information surrounding his death remain unknown at the present time. " "We are respectfully asking all media outlets to allow the investigation process to proceed without interruption," the statement went on to say. "Details will be forwarded at the conclusion of the investigation.
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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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