August 22, 2015 |
As Philadelphia suffered through the recession and its aftermath, the city fell behind in replenishing old and battered emergency vehicles. As a result, precious minutes often were lost by firefighters rushing to fires and accident victims being taken to hospitals. At one point in 2012, the fund to replace aging ladder trucks, pumper trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles sank to $98,000. Considering that a new ladder truck can cost 10 times that, it's important that the next mayor continue Mayor Nutter's plan to invest $36.5 million over the next five years in new emergency equipment.
August 19, 2015 |
Lois Campana had just returned home from her shift as a night nurse. Her husband, Ralph, was getting dressed for a shift at Ladder 16. It was Aug. 17, 1975, and Ralph Campana already knew where he was heading: the Gulf Oil refinery in South Philadelphia, where a massive fire had been burning since before dawn. "Those people are going to blow themselves up one day," he told Lois. The refinery had already been the site of 10 multiple-alarm fires. He finished dressing, got in his car, and drove off as Lois waved from the front porch.
August 15, 2015 |
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
July 7, 2015 |
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
June 21, 2015 |
Anthony Perno watched closely as Joshua George sprinkled tomatoes and mozzarella onto flatbread. George, a chef and dietitian, was manning the grill outside the Merchantville Fire Department, making the unusual pizzas for firefighters and their family members Friday as part of a Camden County and Cooper University Health Care program to promote healthy living among local first responders. About 75 percent of firefighters are obese, according to Cooper officials. Perno, 39, has been a volunteer firefighter with the Merchantville department for 13 years.
June 10, 2015 |
JOE SCHULLE has seen the city's 2,100 firefighters and paramedics through a new contract, a controversial firefighter death and a sex scandal. Now, he's stepping down after a tumultuous two-year term to return to firefighting and let new leaders take over the firefighters and paramedics union. Andrew Thomas, a hazardous materials fire lieutenant and 23-year department veteran, was sworn in last night as the new president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 22. Union members last month voted in Thomas as well as Eddie Marks, a retired battalion chief who spent 38 years in the department, and Mike Bresnan, a firefighter and union recording secretary under Schulle, as first and second vice presidents, respectively.
May 2, 2015 |
Prosecutors called the former firefighter the Pied Piper of his neighborhood, for the trail of children constantly following him. John Corcoran, 20, of Glenolden, bought the kids McDonald's meals and toys, let them use his hot tub, and took them swimming. But according to investigators, Corcoran was a serial child abuser. Pornography charges lodged against him in a recently unsealed federal indictment carry a maximum jail term of 610 years. In addition, he has been charged in two related Delaware County Court cases with sexual abuse of children and arson.
April 30, 2015 |
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.
April 11, 2015 |
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.
April 2, 2015 |
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.