October 4, 2014 |
Two Philadelphia firefighters were charged Thursday with separate crimes - one with kidnapping and sexual assault while impersonating a police officer, and the other with assaulting his pregnant ex-wife and her boyfriend. Lt. Jemal Johnson, 45, an 18-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, was arrested after a 48-year-old woman alleged that she was forced to perform a sex act on him late Wednesday night. Johnson was driving his Nissan pickup truck at 13th and Ruscomb Streets in the city's Logan section around 10:30 p.m. when he pulled over and began questioning a woman who had just left a friend's home, said Police Lt. John Stanford, a department spokesman.
October 3, 2014 |
TWO PHILADELPHIA firefighters - one of them a lieutenant - are in hot water after being arrested this week in separate bizarre and disturbing incidents. In the first case, Fire Department Lt. Jemal Johnson is accused of impersonating a police officer and forcing a woman to perform sexual acts on him on Wednesday night. In the second case, Firefighter Michael Lawson and his girlfriend are accused of violently assaulting Lawson's pregnant ex-wife and her new beau on separate occasions.
September 28, 2014 |
Memorial services are set for Saturday, Oct. 18, for John R. Hild Sr., 71, a retired Philadelphia fire captain and safety administrator, who died Tuesday, Aug. 12, of bladder cancer at a hospice in Lecanto, Fla. A longtime resident of Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Hild had retired to Crystal River, Fla., in 2003. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated in 1961 from John Bartram High School, where he played baseball. After high school, Mr. Hild enlisted in the Marine Corps and served eight years as an active reservist.
September 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats took down a controversial attack ad in a heated South Jersey congressional race Tuesday, even as the Philadelphia-born firefighter in the ad stood by its message. The cable TV spot attacked Republican candidate Tom MacArthur, accusing him of profiting from his former company, York Risk Services, as the insurance services firm denied claims from injured Phoenix firefighters. But MacArthur had sold the company and left it nearly a year before York got involved with the firefighters' claims.
September 14, 2014 |
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.
September 4, 2014 |
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.
September 4, 2014 |
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.
September 2, 2014 |
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.
August 14, 2014 |
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.
July 30, 2014 |
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.