February 8, 2015 |
Freda Scriber said she recognized her daughter right away when she saw her on the TV news early Wednesday. Beverly Ann Brinkley was being helped by Norristown firefighters from the balcony of her fourth-floor apartment. Smoke was billowing out of the windows, and flames shot high into the dark night. That image gave Scriber hope. But as Wednesday wore on, calls to her daughter's cellphone went unanswered. And no one at the local shelter set up for victims of the apartment-house fire was able to provide her daughter's whereabouts.
January 1, 2015 |
The Joseph A. Ferko String Band didn't rely on William J. Wicker just to help make the backpieces that its captains wore up Broad Street on New Year's Day. "When we were doing a parade job" during the summer, "and it got really hot and we ran out of water," Mr. Wicker would hit the nearest supermarket's bottled water shelves on the run, Michael Caputo said. Mr. Wicker played accordion with the Hegeman String Band and then the South Philadelphia String Band, but he closed out his 52-year Mummers career with the support staff of Ferko.
October 22, 2014 |
Robert R. Cowden Sr. was sworn in as a Philadelphia fireman at age 19 on Aug. 3, 1959. For 32 years, he devoted his life to fighting fires, first as a rookie, later as a lieutenant and captain, and finally as a city fire battalion chief. His climb up the Philadelphia Fire Department hierarchy mirrored a family pattern in place for four generations; Cowden men had served as city firemen since 1889. They thrived on the work and the challenge. "They lived and breathed it. It's not their job, it's who they were," said Mr. Cowden's son, Robert R. Jr. Mr. Cowden, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, from complications of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Montgomery County.
December 17, 2013 |
Brandon is an active, caring, and creative 8-year-old who loves to play outdoors. His favorite indoor activity is drawing, and he delights in using markers for his artwork. Brandon also enjoys watching cartoons and riding horses. He thinks he would like to have a horse some day. In school, Brandon receives special-education services and benefits from small class size and individual attention. He gets along well with his classmates and teachers, who say he is a pleasure to have in the classroom.
June 21, 2013 |
A CONSTRUCTION worker and fireman were seriously injured in a construction accident yesterday. Police received a call at 12:44 p.m. that a 52-year-old worker had fallen 30 feet from the steel frame of a building being built at 19th and Arch streets. The worker was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. Jay Schneider, 36, a maintenance worker working on the roof of Russell Byers Charter School across the street from the accident, heard sirens and filmed the incident on his cellphone.
March 28, 2013 |
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
January 18, 2013
THE CONTENTION that the Fire Department is following the model from the 1950s could not be further from the truth. ("A Red-Hot Issue: Phila. Fire Department must get its priorities straight," Daily Views, Jan. 11). In the 1950s there were at least 69 engine companies and 34 ladder companies. Currently, there are 56 engine companies and 28 ladder companies, not including the three daily brownout companies. Over the years, staffing has been reduced significantly. Engine companies were staffed with an officer and five firefighters, ladder companies with an officer and six firefighters.
January 5, 2013 |
An early morning fire in Delaware County damaged a home, sent a firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries, and killed a family dog. Fire companies were called to the 500 block of North Oak Avenue and found the first floor fully involved. The blaze, which started in the kitchen, quickly spread to the second floor, said Briarcliffe Fire Company Chief Brian Ganley. The home was occupied by a woman and three children. One child was able to escape though the front door. The mother, the other two children and a dog were able to get out onto a second floor porch and cross over to the adjoining twin.
September 16, 2011 |
This week's DVD releases feature a Norse god, a former princess, and a New York fireman. Thor , Grade A-minus: The God of Thunder gets sent to live with humans to find his humanity. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman star. It takes three elements to make a great movie based on a comic-book superhero: an actor who embraces the role, a director who treats the material with respect, and fantastic visual effects. Thor has all three. The hulky/hunky Hemsworth embodies the charm, strength, and power of the character.
August 4, 2011 |
NOTE: This date of the calendar's release in Philadelphia has been clarified from an earlier version WHEN "NATION'S Bravest," a calendar honoring the nation's firefighters, comes out Aug. 18, the late Philly firefighter Jack Slivinski will grace its cover. Firefighters from around the country posed shirtless for the charity beefcake calendar created by photographer Katherine Kostreva. Slivinski, 31, a former Marine, was disciplined in April by removal from elite Fire Rescue 1 by Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers for posing for the calendar without department permission but was reinstated to the unit less than a week later.