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September 14, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia lawyer Jimmy Binns took in the scene before him Friday - cops on motorcycles, cops on horses, firefighters on a truck, and even the Phillie Phanatic, all shutting down Market Street - and he remembered when the Hero Thrill Show was in need of a rescue. "I took over in 2006, when it had gone out of business," Binns said of the annual fund-raiser he heads. "They had virtually no people attending. They had about 200 people attend. Last year, we had 55,000. This is my ninth year, and I'm putting 17 children through college.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EX-EAGLES LINEMAN Danny Watkins has traded football for firefighting, and Philly for Dallas. Now he has some figurative fires to put out. Sports blog Crossing Broad last week posted photos of Watkins in full firefighter gear at the scene of a city blaze in 2012, behavior that the blog claims goes against Philadelphia Fire Department policy. The post's author also says, via inside sources, that Watkins bribed his way onto the trucks with Eagles tickets. But department officials who are investigating the situation say the uproar may be over a big misunderstanding: It's not uncommon, they say, to have civilians tag along with fire crews.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hoping to stabilize the dilapidated West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua, the city wants to entice police officers and firefighters to move into the struggling area - with cash to help buy homes and pay taxes on them. Officials think having police and firefighters living in Mantua and interacting as neighbors with residents would improve the quality of life in the area. But even with the cash incentives, the initial $200,000 program could be a hard sell. "It's a good idea," said Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. "However, our guys are still going to be reluctant to move into transient neighborhoods if they have kids and families.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Daevon celebrated his eighth birthday a few days ago, but he already has an eye on a career: firefighting. In the short term, he'd love to learn more about the job by visiting a firehouse and talking to the firefighters. He has a delightful smile and an appealing personality, and although he can be a bit shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up, especially if the conversation turns to sports. Doesn't matter which one. He loves all kinds. When Daevon must play indoors, his favorite activities are watching cartoons and listening to hip-hop.
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Delaware County volunteer firefighter allegedly enlisted a juvenile in setting fire to three vacant homes - then responded with his fire company to put out two of them - police said. John P. Corcoran IV, 19, of Glenolden, is charged with arson, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief, corruption of minors, reckless endangering another person, and related crimes, according to court records. Corcoran, who volunteers for Goodwill Fire Company 77 in Darby Township, was remanded to the county jail after failing to post $250,000 bail.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD KNELLINGER, the furniture-store owner arrested in the aftermath of the 2012 warehouse fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters, pleaded guilty to two counts of false swearing yesterday. Knellinger, whose age in court records is given as both 37 and 42, was sentenced to two years of probation by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart. He must report to a probation officer in the first year of his sentence but does not have to report in the second year, according to the terms of the plea deal that was negotiated with the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Friday that he had reached a deal with Gov. Christie to renew a cap on police and firefighter raises that expired in April. The new bill, scheduled for a vote Monday in the Assembly, would extend the 2 percent cap on raises awarded in arbitration through 2017. It would be retroactive to April, when the cap expired. "This is a key step toward finalizing an agreement on this important issue for both taxpayers and the police and firefighters who sacrifice so much to protect our safety," Prieto (D., Hudson)
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  John J. Bauman Jr., 59, of Lindenwold, a volunteer fireman since he was 16, died of a heart attack on Sunday, June 1, at home. A 1972 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Bauman had worked for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Pennsauken since 1978. Mr. Bauman was "first a driver and then in the production department," his wife, Patricia, said in a phone interview. Before going to Pepsi, she said, "he worked for Coca-Cola for a short period. " "I told him, if he worked for Coors or Budweiser, I would have loved him more," she said, with a laugh.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill firefighters earned more than those in Philadelphia and New York City in recent years, and the approval of a nearly $25 million budget in 2012 went unnoticed by most residents because of a dismal election turnout, according to an audit released Wednesday by the state Comptroller's Office. The audit, which covered 2010 and 2011, also criticized the Cherry Hill fire district for giving firefighters hefty longevity payments - essentially bonuses for each year of employment - and for failing to use volunteers.
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