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March 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
LT. JOYCE CRAIG, who earned the tragic distinction of becoming Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, will be posthumously honored for bravery by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Craig is one of 10 people whom the commission will celebrate as "everyday heroes" who have advanced social equality and justice in Philadelphia. The other award recipients are: * Bishop Dwayne Royster and People Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER), a multiracial interfaith coalition dedicated to pushing for social change.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Firefighters are battling a 3-alarm blaze in Upper Moreland at what is believed to be a sheet metal plant. A Montgomery County emergency dispatcher said the building was quickly evacuated, and no injuries were reported. But due to the building's large size and industrial character, the flames were formidable. Crews from around Montgomery and Bucks Counties responded and were still battling the blaze around 6 p.m. Monday. The fire is on the 2300 block of Wyandotte Road in Willow Grove.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO and DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writersdifilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A fiery sex scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News today that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before he retired in June. The paramedic filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct against another paramedic. Soon after, rumors surfaced that she had sexual encounters with numerous firefighters, paramedics and supervisors in firehouses while on- and off-duty all around the city.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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