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April 30, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
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April 11, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In a photograph that accompanied stories about Firefighter Joyce Craig's death, her kind eyes suggest she was there for anyone in need. But recent reports indicate that the Fire Department wasn't quite prepared to be there for her. That may be why a deputy fire commissioner allegedly asked a department investigator to alter a tough preliminary report on the West Oak Lane basement fire that led to Craig's death. Fortunately, the investigator, Deputy Chief Richard Davison, wrote that he "respectfully refused" to change his findings.
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April 2, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former volunteer firefighter in Montgomery County held four fellow firefighters hostage at gunpoint Tuesday morning before being taken into custody, Cheltenham Township police said. Police Chief John Norris said Paul Jordan, 25, had been fired from the LaMott Fire Company in Elkins Park the day before. Jordan allegedly entered the unlocked fire station Tuesday morning with a 9mm handgun and held the other men hostage in the basement for about an hour before surrendering, police said.
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March 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO OF THE SEVEN firefighters embroiled in a lurid sex scandal have decided to accept their punishment, officials said yesterday. The two men had been scheduled to appear in front of a disciplinary trial board yesterday in response to allegations that a troubled young paramedic was goaded into performing humiliating, unwanted sex acts - some of which reportedly were filmed by the participants and shared without her permission - since joining the...
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March 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AS FIRE officials wade through the "perfect storm" of errors that led to a firefighter's death in a December blaze in West Oak Lane, a ruling has been reached in what caused the inferno. And it's far from conclusive. After months of investigation, the Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the cause of the blaze that claimed the life of Lt. Joyce Craig "undetermined. " In a release yesterday, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said that the ruling comes after conducting "over 40 interviews as well as thoroughly investigating the scene for seven days.
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March 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two firefighters were injured Monday when their ladder touched high-voltage power lines at the scene of a North Philadelphia blaze. Both men were awake, alert, and talking after the incident, according to Fire Department officials. Firefighter Robert Taylor of Ladder Company 14, a 14-year veteran, was admitted to the Temple University Hospital burn unit for treatment. A hospital spokesman said Taylor was in fair condition Monday evening. Firefighter Eugene Coulter, also of Ladder 14 and a nine-year veteran, sustained minor injuries.
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March 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Fire Department investigation found delayed responses, tactical errors, and communication failures at the scene of the December blaze that killed Firefighter Joyce Craig, according to internal documents obtained by The Inquirer. The report reinforces accounts from firefighters that indicate critical time passed before commanders realized that Craig was unaccounted for and in grave danger. As other firefighters have said, Craig was pulled from the house 17 minutes after her first Mayday alarm sounded, when firefighters found her by chance.
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March 7, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the moments before Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig lost her life in a West Oak Lane house fire, her coworker Nyree Bright stood at the top of a stairway filled with flames. Bright, on the job for just over two years, was holding the nozzle on a hose - the first line of attack in a predawn basement fire last Dec. 9. Her lieutenant and Craig, a decorated 11-year veteran working an overtime shift, were behind her. Minutes earlier, when they had walked into the house on the 1600 block of Middleton Street, only a light, hazy smoke had filled the first floor.
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March 5, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THREE MONTHS after Joyce Craig became Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, three investigations into her death remain unresolved. That's because a series of errors occurred that morning, complicating investigators' probes, sources said. Fire spokesman Clifford Gilliam declined to comment on the Dec. 9 fire in West Oak Lane that killed Craig, saying he couldn't talk about ongoing investigations. But veteran firefighters described it as "a perfect storm of things that went wrong," including: An inexperienced ladder crew took 18 minutes to respond.
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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.
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