March 16, 2004
WHERE did the commission that said that there are firehouses in Philadelphia that have less that one run a week gather the information? This is a lie. If anything, we need more equipment and manpower. Our response times are stretched now, which means it takes us longer to get to certain areas. Fire deaths are up, firefighter injuries are up, medic unit runs are up. Twenty-five percent of our medic units are only staffed and on the street half the time. Response time is a critical factor - just ask somebody hanging out a window or watching a loved one having a heart attack while waiting for the rescue squad.
June 10, 2003
It is difficult to understand how in this modern era, such a horrific accident could occur as did on July 4, when three little girls and three firefighters were lost in a house fire in Gloucester City ("Firefighting is cited in fatal blaze," May 29). I have the utmost respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect my family, my neighbors, and me, but there has to be a higher standard of training, and protocol must be followed in order for the firefighters to safely do their jobs.
March 22, 2001
On March 17, we received a phone call at our home from a young girl, apparently being robbed. She sounded like our daughter, who lives alone in Philadelphia. We called 911, and 4th District Police responded immediately. Their investigation revealed that she had gone out to dinner and a show with a friend. The police, led by Sgt. Anthony Buchanico, did not stop there. They continued to trace her whereabouts, including the restaurant, the theater, her?friends, etc. The sergeant stayed in close phone contact with us. It was a prank call; our daughter was safe.
July 14, 1994 |
When Delaware County firefighters take their equipment on the road later this summer, they won't be using it to fight fires. Delaware County Cares, a volunteer organization made up mostly of firefighters, will use the gear to help people in Georgia clean up from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto. An advance team of firefighters left yesterday for Georgia to try to secure housing and contacts. "It's all great and good to get a bunch of people together, but unless you're preplanned, you end up being more of a problem than a help," said Cris Hanson, chief of the Swarthmore fire company.
September 10, 2012
Three firefighters were injured while battling a blaze Sunday at a commercial strip in Montgomery County. The fire was reported at 4:40 p.m. on the 100-block of West Moreland Avenue in Horsham, according to county dispatch personnel. The three firefighters were take to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment. Additional information on their condition was not available Sunday night. The fire went to a second-alarm before it was brought under control at 6:12 p.m., said county dispatch.
September 25, 2002 |
A chapter in Ed Rendell's acrimonious history with municipal unions came back to haunt him yesterday, as the Philadelphia firefighters' union endorsed his opponent, Mike Fisher, for governor. The nod from Local 22 of the International Association of Firefighters did not surprise many. Firefighters have disliked Rendell since his days as mayor, when he authorized benefit cuts and wage freezes during the city's fiscal crisis in the early '90s. Several unions such as the AFL-CIO have endorsed Rendell, a Democrat.
July 2, 1988 |
Five firefighters died yesterday afternoon when the roof of a burning car dealership collapsed under them, plunging them into the blaze, officials said. The fire, which destroyed the building and contents of Hackensack Ford, started shortly after 3 p.m. in the rear service section of the building, said Hackensack Fire Chief Anthony Aiellos. Aiellos said the roof collapsed as the firefighters were cutting a hole in the roof to get at the fire, which was blazing in a crawl space between the false interior ceiling and the roof.
May 4, 2000 |
At the annual memorial service for police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, Kerry Farrell and Devin McGrath (right) leave carnations for their uncle, Police Officer Gary Farrell, killed 20 years ago. Elsie Devine (above) wipes a tear as she remembers her firefighter husband, Richard Devine. Police officers (below) salute during the ceremony held yesterday at the Living Flame Memorial on Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets. In conjunction with the remembrance, Police Commissioner John Timoney presented wreaths to the North Wildwood Police Department, which has scheduled "A Tribute to Fallen Heroes" observance this weekend.
June 23, 2013 |
Henry Costo was only 20 when he was sent to his first fatal fire. He raced up to a third-floor apartment on Girard Avenue, where a teenage girl was reportedly trapped. He grabbed her feet, pulled her dead body closer, and realized something was wrong. There were too many limbs. Costo turned to his partner to share what he had found: two girls, hugging each other, realizing they would die. But driving back home, Costo didn't feel a thing. "I remember thinking, 'There must be something wrong with me. Am I that hardened?