March 11, 1988 |
A three-alarm fire this morning swept through a restaurant and adjoining apartment building in West Oak Lane. One fireman sustained minor injuries but there were no other casualties. Fire officials said the blaze broke out in a one-story section of the Oak Lane Banquet Room, Restaurant & Lounge, at 7170 Ogontz Ave. and spread into a section which occupies the first floor of the three-story adjacent building. The fire then engulfed apartments on the upper two floors of that building.
October 12, 2000 |
Firefighter David Zborowski grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and as a child played on the banks of Cobbs Creek. But on the afternoon of Sept. 16, 1999, the waterway turned from a creek into a raging river of floodwaters as Hurricane Floyd pummeled the region. Zborowski said the "river" nearly claimed him that day as he used a jet ski provided by a neighborhood resident to rescue a man and wife and four firemen trapped after they set out to walk the couple to safety from their stranded SUV near Cobbs Creek Parkway and 61st Street.
March 17, 2003 |
Curtis, 9, is full of energy. He's a natural-born entertainer and loves to dance and tell jokes. When he's outdoors he rides his bike, swims, and plays basketball, baseball and soccer. Indoors, computer games capture his attention. His favorite foods are pizza and hot wings, and he's always ready to eat. Curtis is on a fourth-grade level in special education. He has an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but benefits from a structured environment, responds well to directions, and is eager to please.
March 3, 1987 |
Philadelphia firefighter Tyrone Appling died last night in a Pittsburgh hospital where he was awaiting a liver transplant which the city, in an unprecedented decision, had agreed to pay for. A hospital spokeswoman said Appling, 33, died of "systemic complications, due to acute hepatitis. " Appling, 33, of West Oak Lane, was airlifted to Presbyterian-University Hospital Feb. 19 after the city officials said the city would pay for the $130,000 transplant. A doctor who had treated Appling for hepatitis at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division, before the fireman went to Pittsburgh said then that Appling was "gravely ill. His only chance is for a transplant operation.
March 16, 1990 |
Francis E. "Frank" Burke, a retired Philadelphia fireman, tireless fighter for a free Ireland and a man who gave every ounce to any job he undertook, died Tuesday. He was 83 and lived in Pennsauken, N.J. Frank Burke was like a lot of men of his generation who knew how many hours he had to work to buy a pair of shoes. For the rest of his life, no matter how much money he made, he kept his shoes shined and put shoe trees in them so they would keep their shape a little longer. He would work at a number of different jobs before and after his time on the Philadelphia Fire Department.
August 31, 1994 |
An off-duty fireman was asleep in his bed when he was awakened by a crash at the front door of his apartment in Fern Rock just before 1 p.m. yesterday. Jack Arnold, 46, dialed 911, then grabbed his gun, a .32-caliber revolver, and hid in the bathroom of his quarters in the Ivy Hill Court Apartments on Champlost Avenue near 9th Street. The door crashed open to reveal a man with a crowbar, and Arnold yelled out, demanding to know what he was doing there. Turning, the man brandished the crowbar and Arnold fired twice, he told police, striking the intruder in the head and side.
April 29, 1993 |
Louis S. Antosh, a retired Philadelphia firefighter who typified that cast- iron generation of Americans who survived a Depression, won a World War, and put the national economy into high gear, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 71 and lived in the Pennypack Woods section of the city. Lou Antosh and his peers were the parents of the oft-maligned generation called "Baby Boomers. " The postwar kids who are sometimes criticized for being a want-more, get-more, have-more segment of the population.
May 3, 2011 |
The controversy over hunky Philadelphia firefighter Jack Slivinski was nipped in the bud Tuesday by Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Slivinski landed in hot water with the department's top brass after he posed topless in front of the Logan Circle fountain two weeks ago. His photo was snapped by Katherine Kostreva, who's photographing firefighters across the country for a charity calendar that's supposed to be released later this year....
April 29, 2011 |
The lights were on all through the NovaCare Complex early Thursday night. They were on in the war room where the Eagles' player-personnel brain trust readied another deep-thinking assault on the college draft, and, for a change, the lights were turned on in the locker room, too, as Andy Reid fluffed the towels and made sure everything looked nice for the players who might wander in soon. One of the guys who will be stopping by very soon is Danny Watkins, a 26-year-old with more experience at fire protection than pass protection.
April 9, 1997 |
Here's a story about a little dog and a fireman, and what happened when they met each other in a burning apartment building yesterday. The dog was hiding in a bathroom closet, "curled up and shaking," said Chester fireman Kevin Snyder. Snyder spotted the pooch and carried him down three flights of stairs to safety. On the sidewalk, a paramedic from the Crozer-Chester Medical Center took over, clamping an oxygen mask over the animal's mouth and scooping up water in his hand to try to get it to drink.