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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.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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