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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.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derek Horsey's 80-year-old mother was having a stroke two months ago at their home in West Oak Lane when Firefighter Joyce Craig came to save her. "My mother was on the floor," Horsey said. Craig gained entry through a window and Doris Horsey was taken to Einstein Medical Center. "If it wasn't for her," he said, "no telling where my mother would be. " On Friday, Horsey joined the hundreds of people who endured a frigid December night to line up outside Batchelor Bros. Funeral Services to pay their respects to Craig, the first female Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The melancholy skirl of bagpipes and tolling of a cemetery bell were the backdrop on a wintry Saturday as hundreds of firefighters mourned fallen Philadelphia colleague Joyce Michelle Craig. They came from across the United States and from Canada, the line four deep outside the West Oak Lane funeral home. Each paused briefly at the casket to remove his or her hat or bow or salute. "When Joyce first got her hand on that study manual to take the test to be a firefighter, she studied that manual day in and day out," her brother Michael Craig said, as an overflow crowd listened from the street.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JOYCE CRAIG, who became the first female firefighter to die on duty in Philadelphia when she got trapped in a basement fire and perished early Tuesday, will be laid to rest Saturday morning. Well-wishers will have several opportunities to pay their respects: *  Viewings are scheduled at Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services, 7112 N. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and again from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. * A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at Batchelor Brothers.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ALBERTO GONZALEZ knew what he'd be doing first thing yesterday morning when he heard the news. "Did you hear that?" his wife asked. "I think they said a firefighter died. " Gonzalez sat up in bed and focused on the newscast. Joyce Craig-Lewis, an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and mother of two, died early yesterday morning after being trapped in the basement of a burning West Oak Lane rowhouse. She was the city's first female firefighter killed in the line of duty.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Chris Hepp, and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
As intense heat and smoke poured from the blazing basement of a house in West Oak Lane early Tuesday, the firefighters attacking the flames with a hose were ordered to get out. The woman who lived there had been rescued. Another company was poised to go in through a back entrance to fight the flames. With conditions deteriorating, a commanding officer had said over the radio around 2:30 a.m. that that would be safer. The firefighters began to retreat as directed, battling disorienting heat and blinding smoke.
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