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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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January 9, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's firefighters have been awarded a new four-year contract that increases salaries by 9.25 percent over the life of the agreement. The new contract with member of Firefighters and Paramedics Union Local 22 was reached through arbitration and will cost the city about $70 million, according to Mayor Nutter. The contract permits union members with five or more years of experience to live outside the city, a provision that was included in the last contract with the city's police officers.
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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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January 25, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was while they were investigating arson charges involving a former volunteer firefighter that Delaware County detectives learned of more disturbing allegations involving pornography, rape, sexual abuse, and the assaults of 14 children as young as 8. On Friday, District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the arrest of John P. Corcoran, 20, of Glenolden. He was charged with 161 counts of rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, and related crimes from December 2012 to December 2014.
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January 14, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE END OF the official 30-day mourning period for fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lt. Joyce Craig was marked with an emotional tribute in City Hall yesterday. Craig, 36, who became the city's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty Dec. 9 while fighting a rowhouse basement blaze, was remembered by family, fellow firefighters and Mayor Nutter as a leader, a trailblazer for women in the profession and a hero for how she lived and died. With Craig gone, Nutter said, her 16-year-old son will have to grow up a little faster, while her 1-year-old daughter will grow up learning about her mother, "an incredible role model.
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January 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
One of Philadelphia's first female firefighters eulogized fallen comrade Joyce Craig on Monday as a woman who not only broke stereotypes but encouraged others to do the same. At a memorial service marking the end of the city's monthlong mourning period, Lt. Diane Mercer said Craig often spoke with young women in her neighborhood about how to enter the demanding field. "May Joyce's spirit and tenacity to be the best that she could be continue through all of us," said Mercer, who in 1985 was sworn in as one of the city's first three female firefighters.
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January 13, 2015 | By Stacey Burling and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than three days of searching, firefighters Sunday found the body of a worker who was missing after a silo filled with cement collapsed in Bristol Township, township police said. The missing worker was identified as Anthony Gabriele, 48, of Tullytown. The collapse happened at the Riverside Cement distribution facility in the Riverside Industrial Complex. At 4:45 p.m., searchers were digging the body out of the wreckage by hand, according to a police department news release.
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January 12, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
COLD SNAP? What cold snap? The temperature inside City Hall yesterday was decidedly warm and fuzzy as Mayor Nutter and the firefighters' union embraced a new arbitration contract that awards yearly pay increases and allows firefighters the opportunity to live outside of Philadelphia. The handshake between the Nutter administration and the union that represents the city's roughly 2,200 firefighters and paramedics came in stark contrast to the bitter and contentious go-around of previous labor talks, which sparked a lengthy court battle.
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January 11, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's firefighters have been awarded a four-year contract that increases salaries about 9.5 percent over the life of the agreement. The new contract with the Philadelphia Fire Fighters' and Paramedics Union, Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, was reached through arbitration Friday morning and will cost the city about $70 million, Mayor Nutter said. The contract also contains changes in how the union's health-care costs are managed that should result in long-term savings for the city, Nutter said.
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December 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AS FIRE Department leadership decides the fate of a paramedic who caused an uproar with a controversial Instagram post, one question still burns. What are department members like Marcel Salters, a paramedic at Medic 23 in West Philly, allowed to post on social media? The rules seem pretty standard for professionals, at least according to the Fire Department's social media and networking guidelines, obtained by the Daily News . Employees can't post "messages, images, comments or cartoons" that are threatening or sexually explicit, or hurl epithets or slurs against race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, according to the guidelines.
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December 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's firefighters union has rebuked the actions of a paramedic who posted a photo on Instagram of two black men holding guns to a white police officer's head. But if the paramedic, Marcell Salters, is fired, the union will appeal, an official said Friday. "The paramedic involved is sorry. He realizes it was inappropriate. He issued an apology," said Joe Schulle, president of Fire Fighters Local 22. It's a perilous situation for the union: representing a paramedic whose views have angered many of its own members as well as countless others across the city and country.
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December 21, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975. Mr. Schrufer had been a firefighter for nine years when vapor from a Gulf Oil tanker ignited at the South Philadelphia refinery on Aug. 17, 1975. Eight firefighters were killed in the blaze, and Mr. Schrufer was disabled. An officer at the scene of the blaze told Mr. Schrufer's daughter Charlene Schrufer Rothe that when the tank blew, "everybody was running from the building, but my dad ran into the building to save the people from his engine.
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