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TROY, NY - On March 27th at 3:17 A.M., the city of Troy's FD was dispatched to 188 6th Avenue for a reported structure fire. The caller reported that her hair was on fire and the stairs in the house were also on fire. Engines 4 and 1, along with Trucks 1 and 2, the rescue squad and the battalion chief were dispatched to the scene. The dispatcher notified all responding units that they were taking additional calls on the structure fire reporting that everyone was out of the house, and that there was a burn victim on scene. - See fu ll story on page 8

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Form er G ully's F lo a tin g R estaurant/B ar C atches Fire on Newburgh W a te rfro n t NEWBURGH, NY - Newburgh FD responded to a reported structure fire at the Newburgh waterfront during the early morning hours of May 12th. Crews responded to find for­ mer restaurant/bar, Gully's, fully involved. A second-alarm was sounded, bringing the Air National Guard and Coldenham Fire Departments to the scene. Newburgh's ladder truck was used to spray water on the vacant boat, while Coldenham's truck set up just south of the scene and did the same. The Air National Guard FD supplied water to both department's trucks. Deputy Orange County Fire Coordina­ tor 36-15 and City of Newburgh Police were at the scene while Mobile Life ALS stood by.

PLEASANTDALE, NY - On April 17th just before 7:10P.M., the Rensselaer County Sheriffs Office and New York State Police were dispatched to 319 Oakhurst Street for the report of a missing threeyear-old. The parents notified police that the child apparently walked out of the front door while they weren't looking. Deputies and NYS police offi­ cers quickly arrived on scene and learned that the child’s name was Owen, and he was wearing a black and gray dinosaur shirt, sweatpants and had no shoes on when he went missing. Officers immediately began assisting the frantic parents with searching for their child. With temperatures getting lower, officers requested additional assistance from any and all avail­ able law enforcement agencies in the county. Officers searched around the yard of the home and looked in the dark algae and leaf filled pool, but could not find the child. Neigh­ bors heard what was going on and also sprung into action, placing a call for help out on the Pleasantdale community group social media page, requesting any available neighbors to go outside and look for the missing child. Neighbors began pouring into the streets with flash­ lights to help search. The local fire chief put an emer­ gency message through the I Am Responding system for all available manpower to respond to the station to assist with the search for the missing child. The personal vehicles of first responders poured into the firehouse with members of their family on board to help. Everyone yelled out the child’s name while

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an I » searching along the creek bed, small wooded areas, the baseball field, and along River Road and New Turnpike Road. Close to 150 people or more were looking for the miss­ ing child. NYS Police aviation units then arrived on scene to assist with the search, and a request for drones and the blood hounds was made. As one of the sheriffs office in­ vestigators searched the yard and pool of the child's home again, they noticed something in the pool that had resurfaced. The searcher grabbed a hold of the missing child and immediately pulled him from the water. Rensselaer County inves­ tigators on scene requested para­ medics and the fire department to their location. Two Rensselaer County sergeants immediately began CPR on the child while Troy Police Department's sergeant called for the city of Troy fire department to be dispatched to the scene with advanced life support for the child. Eloosick Valley Ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. Sergeants requested all respond­ ing officers to stage out on the outer roadways and to be ready to give the ambulance an escort to the hospital. Lansingburgh Engine 1 arrived on scene with their paramedics and began to provide advanced life sup­ port measures in an attempt to re­ vive the child. The child was placed in the back of the medic rig while firefighters and paramedics contin­ ued revival efforts. The medic rig raced towards Al­ bany Medical Center's pediatric

unit, but due to the condition of the child, they diverted to the nearest hospital which was Samaritan Elospital. Police units escorted the am­ bulance non-stop through the entire city of Troy, blocking roadways to get the ambulance there as quickly as possible while Rensselaer County Sharieffs office investigators re­ mained on scene to conduct their in­ vestigation into the incident. Unfortunately, the child did not survive. The incident is being inves­ tigated by the Rensselaer County Sheriffs office as an accidental drowning at this time. Because this type of incident can sometimes inflict heavy trauma on first responders, a critical inci­ dent debriefing would be held for those affected. These debriefings are vital in keeping a good clean bill of mental health. Pleasantdale Fire Department Chief Jessie Broderick stated, "I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, as this was an absolute tragic incident that no family should ever have to face. I also would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for coming out that evening to help locate the child. I would also like to thank the multiple law enforcement agencies, Melrose’s Acting Chief, members of the Speigletown FD, Floosie Valley Ambulance, and the members and family members of my department for helping out, along with city of Troy’s Fire De­ partment for providing advanced life support that evening."

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(L to R): 1st Responder News Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Belschwinder with Eric Wisher, President of Union for the Troy Firefighters IAFF Local 86.

1st Responder News Correspondent Receives Prestigious IAFF Award TROY, NY - During the Troy Firefighters Local 86 Retirement Dinner held on April 8th, one of our longtime Senior Correspon­ dents, Jeffrey Belschwinder, was recognized for receiving Second Place for Best News Story from the 2021 International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards Con­ test for a story he wrote for our publication. The story, " Second-Alarm Flouse Fire Claims Life of Child in Troy", was featured in our June 2021 New York edition, and like many of Jeffs stories, it also made the front cover. According to the IAFF web­ site, the IAFF Media Awards Con­ test recognizes affiliates for their best work in communicating with their members and the public, and honors reporting and photography that best portray professional fire fighters and paramedics as dedi­ cated all-hazards responders. The IAFF Media Awards Contest also helps create a greater awareness of the important and dangerous work IAFF members in the United States

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and Canada do to keep the public safe. This nationally held contest is very competitive, and to receive an award is a great honor. In a Facebook post, Jeff said "I would like to thank all of my followers and family for their continued support. I will continue to do my best to serve the public with covering our emergency responders in the area. I would also like to thank my sig­ nificant other, Katelyn. She is my rock. Thank you for always putting up with me running out the door day and night, late nights editing photos, and the radios on in the house all the time." On behalf of all of us at 1st Re­ sponder News, we want to say con­ gratulations Jeff! We are so proud of your amazing accomplishment and appreciate your continued ded­ ication to our publication.

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Colorado: Marshall Grant Brookfield, 41 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 13,2021 Death Date: September 29,2021 Fire Department: Emergency Response Logistics Initial Summary: Wildland Firefighter/Paramedic Marshall Grant Brookfield was deployed to the McCash fire in Orleans, CAwhen he contracted COVID19 and a rare fungal infection that was found to be directly associated to the wildfires and smoke inhalation. He was removed from the incident due to severe illness and sent to the hospital where he was admitted and re­ mained in the Intensive Care Unit until his passing on Wednesday, Sept. 29,2021.

New Jersey: Nicholas Prioli, 89 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: October 23, 2021 Death Date: October 23,2021 Fire Department: Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Sat., Oct. 23,2021, Safety Officer Nicholas Prioli responded to the fire department for a call of a vehicle ex­ trication that was ultimately cancelled. He left the fire house and was returning home when he experienced a medical emergency. Emergency personnel responded to the scene where they found Safety Officer Prioli in cardiac arrest. He passed away shortly there­ after. Ohio: Gregory Lee Bauer, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 13,2021 Death Date: October 18,2021 Fire Department: Columbus Division of Fire Initial Summary: While working a 24-hour shift, Firefighter Gregory Lee Bauer con­ tracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Colorado: Darcy Stallings, 34 Rank: Captain Incident Date: October 21, 2021 Death Date: October 21,2021 Fire Department: Yuma Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, Firefighter Darcy Stallings was re­ sponding to a residential fire call in his pri­ vately owned vehicle, when he was involved in a rear-end crash with a tractor trailer. He passed away at the scene of the accident. Florida: Giovanni Qancio, 55 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: July 16,2021 Death Date: October 21,2021 Fire Department: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Driver/Engineer Gio­ vanni Ciancio responded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Arkansas: Lucas Stephenson, 25 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: October 26, 2021 Death Date: October 26,2021 Fire Department: Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, Assistant Chief Lucas Stephenson was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Arkansas Highway 296 when the brush truck

he was driving overturned numerous times. He passed away at the scene. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Colorado: Larry Wyant, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 26,2021 Death Date: October 26, 2021 Fire Department: Joes Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, Firefighter Larry Wyant was driving to the funeral of Captain Darcy Stallings, who was killed last week in an automobile acci­ dent while responding to a residential fire, when a call came in for a combine that sparked a fire in a cornfield. He and the members of his department faced 30 mph winds, with gusts up to 60 mph, with the wind direction changing as they worked to stop the fire. Firefighter Wyant was out of the truck attempting to get a hose line stretched when the fire overtook him. He passed away at the scene. California: Marcus Pacheco, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Engine Operator Incident Date: August 29, 2021 Death Date: September 2, 2021 Fire Department: United States Forest Service-Lassen National Forest Initial Summary: While assigned to the Dixie Fire, Aug. 10-29, 2021, Assistant Fire Engine Operator Marcus Pacheco had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individ­ ual. He became ill and tested positive for the virus on Aug. 29,2021. Assistant Fire En­ gine Operator Pacheco passed away due to complications from the virus on Sept. 2, 2021. California: Allen Johnson, 68 Rank: Liaison Officer Incident Date: August 24, 2021 Death Date: August 31,2021 Fire Department: United States Forest Service-Stanislaus National Forest Initial Summary: While assigned to the French Fire near Kemville, CA, Liaison Of­ ficer Allen Johnson became ill and tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 24,2021. There were other confirmed cases of the virus on the French Fire. Liaison Officer Johnson was placed in isolation at the inci­ dent and transported to the hospital on Aug. 31, 2021 where he passed away.


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F a ta l Train V s. P e d e stria n in K in g sto n KINGSTON, NY - On March 26th around 10:00 P.M., a CSX train crew reported that the train they were operating had struck a pedestrian at the Smith Ave. grade crossing. Kingston Police Sgt. Patrick Buono said they could not im­ mediately identify the female victim, or where she was from. A fatal car vs. train crash occurred at the same location in December of 2021. Kingston and CSX police are investigating the most recent incident.

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No injuries following a rollover crash in Delmar, 4/15/22.

Car Lands on Its Side After Crash in Delmar DELMAR, NY - A two-car crash with one car on its side re­ sulted in no reports of injuries on Friday, April 15th, in Delmar. Del­ mar Fire, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police were dispatched to the call. Crews were called to the inter­ section of Feura Bush Road and Elm Avenue around 8:45 PM. for a two-car crash with reports of a rollover and four occupants en-

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ai trapped, according to a statement from Bethlehem Police. The indi­ viduals were able to self-extricate from what appears to have been the front passenger door, prior to the arrival of police. Police said a gray 2019 Elonda operated by a male from Troy struck a black 2015 Elonda as it

was crossing Feura Bush Road on Elm Avenue. Police say the 2015 Elonda, which was the vehicle that rolled over, was driven by a male out of Delmar along with three other occupants. EMS evaluated all parties on the scene, all of which refused medical transport.

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House Fire on Smith Street in Rochester ROCHESTER, NY-Around 11:00 P.M., on Saturday, April 9th, Rochester firefighters responded to a house fire at 570 Smith Street. The blaze was brought under control in about 30 minutes. There were no injuries reported. The Red Cross was assisting the displaced occupants. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Second-Alarm House Fire with Burn Victim on 6th Ave. in Troy TROY, NY - On March 27th at 3:17 A.M., the city of Troy's FD was dispatched to 188 6th Avenue for a reported structure fire. The caller reported that her hair was on fire and the stairs in the house were also on fire. Engines 4 and 1, along with Trucks 1 and 2, the res­ cue squad and the battalion chief were dispatched to the scene. The dispatcher notified all re­ sponding units that they were tak­ ing additional calls on the structure fire reporting that every­ one was out of the house, and that there was a burn victim on scene. Engine 4 arrived and immedi­ ately declared the Signal 30 for a working structure fire with a heavy fire condition on the second and third floors. The battalion chief requested the second-alarm to be transmitted, bringing En­ gines 6 and 2, the Watervliet Arse­ nal FD and the city of Albany’s FD to the scene. With all medic rigs in the City of Troy tied up on other calls, command requested a medic rig from a mutual aid agency to the scene. Engine 1 pulled up to the op­ posite side of the boulevard, laid in the supply line from 103rd Street and connected to Engine 4. Within seconds of arrival. Engines 1 and 4's crews had two-andthree-quarter inch hand lines going into the front door of the house. Troy Police stayed with the burn victim while awaiting the ar­ rival of Mohawk Ambulance Serv­ ice coming from Samaritan Flospital as priority one. As heavy fire pushed out the rear of the building and thick black turbulent smoke chugged from the third floor windows. Truck 1 quickly set up and made

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i their way to the roof. Firefighters made their way up the stairs to the second floor landing where they had heavy black smoke and high heat banking down to the floor. Crews on the first hand line made their way into the second floor apartment while firefighters from the second hand line made their way to the third floor where the thick heavy smoke and heat pushed them back down the stairs. Firefighters on the truck company quickly created a vent hole in the roof and heavy fire blew 15-feet over the top of the building. As firefighters attempted to make a push into the third floor, the entire third floor apartment in­ stantly flashed over and heavy fire blew out the front windows of the structure, sending fire 20-feet into the morning sky, lighting up the neighborhood. Truck 2's crew quickly pulled the bucket back and firefighters pulled out of the sec­ ond and third floors, as they now had a heavy fire condition throughout the structure. Command had Truck 2 open up its master stream, sending a stream of water inside the third floor to drive the heavy fire back. After a quick knockdown of the heavy fire condition, firefighters on the third floor and second floor continued to make an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters still had a heavy black smoke condi­ tion coming from the second and third floors of the structure as well as a heavy fire condition in the rear of the structure. Firefighters from the first hand line crew came

out of the structure, did a quick bottle change and went right back in to continue to fight the fire. Mo­ hawk Ambulance Service arrived on scene and transported the burn victim to Albany Medical Center. Firefighters from the truck company pulled a large portion of the front roof off, made their way into the third floor of the structure and deployed a hand line inside to begin an aggressive interior attack from the 'Delta' side. Additional resources arrived on scene and de­ ployed a two-and-a-half inch hand line to the rear of the structure where firefighters continued to knock down the heavy fire condi­ tion. With one of the battalion chiefs running command and an­ other running operations, the chief of the department arrived on scene and was briefed. The chief noticed that his crews were attempting to pull a hand line up further into the third floor apartment and his other firefighters were exhausted. The chief immediately grabbed the hose and assisted his crews in making it in further into the struc­ ture. Firefighters on the second and third floors had the fire knocked down and under control at 4:28 A.M. Crews then began the extensive amount of overhaul needed to find all of the additional hotspots that were hiding through­ out the structure. Firefighters remained on scene until the late afternoon hours. The burn victim from the fire was sta­ bilized at the hospital. The fire is currently under investigation. No firefighters were injured on scene. The home was deemed a total loss.

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Ravena Man Rescued from Kitchen Fire Through Window RAVENA, NY - First respon­ ders were called to a home in Ravena on Sunday, April 3rd, for a report of a fire with an occupant trapped on the second floor. The call went out at 6:45 RM. for a report of a kitchen on fire at 1 Schuyler Ave. A second 911 call was placed, with the caller stating that they saw flames coming from within the home. Dispatch ad­ vised incoming units that they were now receiving reports of a male hanging from a window on the second floor. “Upon my arrival I noticed heavy smoke coming from all four sides of the structure,” said Deputy Chief Kevin Phillips of the Ravena Fire Department. Fie observed the victim that was try­ ing to escape the smoke from the second floor. “On the 'Bravo' side, second floor, there was a gentleman who was hanging outside the window and needed to be rescued,” he said. “Myself and Assistant Chief Travis Witbeck of Ravena Fire used the homeowner's kittle Giant ladder and put the ladder up to where he was able to self-extricate.” There was minor damage to the kitchen area, according to Phillips. “My first engine company ar-

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rived, went inside and noticed there was a fire in the kitchen area on top of the stove and it extended into the cabinets,” Phillips said. “The homeowners knocked it down with their own extin­ guisher.” Fie says there were at least four or five people that lived inside, all of which made it out safe. The fire was mostly extin­ guished by the homeowners. The fire department made sure the fire was extinguished and helped re­ move the smoke from the struc­ ture. The homeowners found shelter elsewhere for the night. Ravena, Coeymans, New Bal­ timore and Coeymans Flollow Fire Departments assisted, as well as Ravena Rescue, Albany County Paramedics, Coeymans Police and Albany County Sheriffs. Chief Phillips says the cause of the fire is believed to have been from an electrical issue in the hood above the stove. There were no pets reported to be inside the home, and no in­ juries were reported on the scene.

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and did not pose any risk. Overall, the fire was contained to the tractor with no damage to the trailer or cargo. The driver was uninjured and some of his personal belongings were able to be recov­ ered from the cab. Broome County Fire Investigators responded to in­ vestigate the cause of the fire. NYSP assisted with traffic control on scene. Oralis Garage responded to tow the truck and trailer from the scene. All units were clear of the scene by 1:30 A.M. on April 22nd.

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M o to rcyclist A irlifte d from MVA on Route 300 in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Town of Newburgh Police responded to a motorcycle vs. vehicle MVA with serious injuries in the area of Walmart on Route 300, April 4th. On arrival of the Winona Lake FD and Town of Newburgh EMS, the mo­ torcyclist was found semi-con­ scious laying in the roadway. According to officials, 57-yearold Steven Gordon from New Windsor was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 300 when a vehicle driving northbound went to

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make a left hand turn into the Walmart parking lot, causing him to collide with the vehicle. Town of Newburgh Medics re­ quested a MedEvac launched. Or­ ange Lake FD set up a landing zone in the Walmart parking lot. A sec­ ond ambulance was requested for the driver of the vehicle. The mo­ torcyclist was airlifted to Westch­

ester County Medical Center while the driver of the vehicle was trans­ ported to Montefiore-St. Luke's Hospital by Town of Newburgh EMS. The southbound lane of Route 300 was shut down while Winona Lake firefighters used extinguishers on the motorcycle and stood by while Town of Newburgh Police in­ vestigated the scene. Mobile Life ALS was also at the scene.

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Fire Hits a Cohoes Home COHOES, NY - A fire on Thursday, April 14th, caused heavy damage to a home in Cohoes. Crews were called to a one-story home at 20 McDonald Drive, and were met upon arrival with a heavy fire volume. The first engine on scene declared a Signal 30, prompting mutual aid from Watervliet, Watervliet Arsenal, and Green Island. Crews deployed blitz fire to attack the fire building as a master stream was used to protect an exposure building. The ex­ terior attack was then shut down as crews launched an in­ terior attack. Everyone made it out of the home safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, but no other injuries were reported. The home suffered heavy damage, but the exposure building was spared. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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New Paltz FD was dispatched to a car fire on the NYS Thruway, April 1st. The car was fully involved, but the fire was knocked down quickly. There were no injuries.

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Reckless Driver Causes Police Pursuit & Thousands of Dollars in Damage in Troy TROY, NY - On April 4th around 12:38 P.M., the Watervliet Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a dark col­ ored four door sedan in the area of 16th Street for a violation of NYS motor vehicle and traffic laws. The driver of the vehicle did not comply with officers and took off at a high rate of speed. The City of Watervliet Police Department pursued the suspect, who was traveling at a significant rate of speed, onto 2nd Avenue and over the Congress Street bridge. As the suspect came through the tunnel, which was heavily congested with afternoon traffic, he lost control of the vehi­ cle and hit the wall of the tunnel. The impact caused the vehicle to spin around and hit the wall again, sending the car flying into another vehicle that was stopped at the traffic light, entrapping that driver in their vehicle. As another responding unit from the city of Watervliet came into the tunnel, they hit a patch of water and began to hydroplane, causing the vehicle to crash as the SUV‘s tires and a front panel blew out. A police officer attempted to get the suspect to comply, but the individual resisted arrest, causing the officer to deploy a taser onto the suspect. The individual then dropped to the ground and quickly complied. The officer placed the individual into handcuffs. Additional police officers from the City of Troy arrived on scene and ran over to check on the other driver, who was confirmed to be trapped in his vehicle and needed to be extricated by the fire department. Engine 6, Medic 4, the rescue squad, and the battalion chief ar­ rived on scene and Engine 6's crew quickly deployed a one-andthree-quarter inch hand line to the front of the vehicle in case of a fire. Members of the rescue squad pulled past the scene and began to set up their cutters and spreader tools to begin extrication. A mem­ ber of the rescue squad climbed inside the vehicle and placed an extrication blanket over the driver to protect him from any glass or sharp metals while crews began cutting the doors off the front pas­ senger side. After all the doors

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The Story of Bovina Center Engine 531 ’s Recovery and Restoration BOVINA CENTER, NY This 1948 GMC/FAE is owned by the current Chief of the Bovina Center Fire Department, Kevin Brown. Bovina Center is a small rural hamlet located in upstate NY in the town of Bovina. Their fire his­ tory started back on November 16, 1915, with the forming of the Coulter Hose Co. and the Bovina Center Hook and Ladder Co. These companies were organized one year after the installation of water mains and a hydrant system through the hamlet. There was a rural fire district started at some point after this to serve the areas surrounding the hamlet. In February of 1948, the rural fire district ordered a 1948 CMC FC300 cab and chassis from R.H. Lewis and Son, the local GM dealer, for the sum of $2,046. This truck was sent to the Fire Appara­ tus Engineering (FAE) company located in the Thousand Islands region in Clayton, NY. It appears that in the early 1940's, there was a membership shortage similar to what many de­ partments face at this time. In Oc­ tober of 1948, the Hamlet and Rural fire districts merged, be­ coming the current fire district and department that serve the town of Bovina to this day. On April 7, 1949 a call was put out to all “able bodied men” in the town to form the modem fire department. The first motorized apparatus for the department was delivered on April 11, 1949. This truck fea­ tured a 500-GPM Barton Ameri­ can U-50 front mount pump, 175-gallon tank, 800-feet of 2.5” hose and 400-feet of 1.5” hose. For ladders, it was equipped with a wooden 28' extension, and 14' roof ladders along with a 3 fly 40' aluminum ladder carried in a top mount rack with its signature front shroud. The inventory list from around 1980 shows that this truck was equipped with many other pieces of equipment at that time, including a set of triple chains for the tires for winter responses in the rural area. This Advance De­ sign GMC features a 248 cu inline 6 cyl engine producing 89.5 horse power, along with a 4 speed man­ ual transmission and vacuum shifted 2 speed rear. This combi­ nation gives the truck a top speed of around 50mph. Originally numbered as “Truck 24”, it was updated to

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“531” when Delaware County standardized on the current num­ bering system. The “5” is the sta­ tion number within the county and “31” signifies a 500-GPM series pump. This truck was decommis­ sioned in October of 1986 by the department and offered at sealed bid in October of 1987 where it was sold to a local farmer. In 2015, Chief Brown was on a visit to the farm where the truck was rumored to be housed. He in­ quired about the truck with one of the grandsons of Ernest Hanselmen and was taken to an equip­ ment barn where the cab and chassis resided. The truck was brought to the farm with the inten­ tion of installing a more farmfriendly bed on the rear. The original fire body was discarded to the back fields, where it miracu­ lously still resided! The plans stopped there and the truck was not used on the farm. It resided in the equipment barn for 32 years. Chief Brown mentioned that if the truck was for sale, he was in­ terested in acquiring and restoring it, but unfortunately it was not available at that time. He kept in contact over the next few years, and in August of 2020 a phone call was received saying that “Grandpa was ready to sell the truck!”. Chief Brown was at the farm the next morning with a payment for the truck, and plans were made to remove all the parts that re­ mained. A week later on the bright sunny Wednesday of August 19th, a rollback arrived on the farm and with the assistance of the farm's machinery, the body was retrieved from the back field and reunited with the chassis for the first time in 32 years. The suction hose rack, 4” hoses, pine bed boards, and hose bed dividers had all been put in storage in 1987, along with the chassis. The ladder racks, grab bars, and booster reel were all missing from the truck. The first step to bringing this old veteran back to life was to re­ move the oil pan for a good clean­ ing. With fresh oils and ignition components, she roared back to life on August 26th! The brakes were worked over with new wheel cylinders and a master cylinder was installed and it was back on the road. On September 5th, Chief

Brown drove the truck back to the farm and picked up 86-year-old Ernest Hanselmen to go for a ride. Ernest could barely contain his ex­ citement! With the mechanical needs taken care of, it was time to start on the building of missing and damaged parts. FAE used a “checker plate” material for the rear and side steps on their trucks. After exhausting all resources in a search for this material, it was de­ termined that standard diamond plate would be used. The original side boards had been torched apart in the process of removing the body. New replacements were cut and bent to rough shape at a local fabrication shop and finished in Chief Brown's home garage. Cor­ rosion and damage to the alu­ minum body was repaired in the home garage as well. The original 175-gallon steel tank had fist size holes rotted through it, which was replaced with a 150-gallon poly tank to allow the truck to be fully operational. The original steel top with the tank fill towers was saved to maintain the original exterior look of the tank. With the truck fully opera­ tional in the Spring and Summer of 2021, it was displayed and en­ joyed at the Tri-Counties Fire As­ sociation muster in Jamesburg, NJ, along with a couple of local parades and car shows. In the Fall of 2021, the truck was taken to Middletown, NY and Chief Brown met with Artist Ed May. Ed spent a sunny afternoon documenting the gold leaf and pin striping that was originally done in 1949 by George Luttinger of Syracuse, NY. George Luttinger provided gold leaf and pin strip services for San­ ford and FAE from 1934 until the early 1960's, when his eyesight di­ minished to the point where he could no longer work. In mid-Oc­ tober of 2021, the truck had its body once more separated from the chassis for a full paint job. With the assistance of Firefighter Bill Sprague from Delhi, NY, the truck received a coat of “Victory Red” paint. In March of 2022, it was transported to New Jersey and the gold leaf and pin striping from 1948 was recreated in detail by Ed May. (Author's note: All informa­ tion in this article was provided by Chief Kevin Brown.)

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M otorcyclist A irlifte d from MVA on Route 300 in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Town of Newburgh Police responded to a motorcycle vs. vehicle MVA with serious injuries in the area of Walmart on Route 300, April 4th. On arrival of the Winona Lake FD and Town of Newburgh EMS, the mo­ torcyclist was found semi-con­ scious laying in the roadway. According to officials, 57-yearold Steven Gordon from New Windsor was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 300 when a vehicle driving northbound went to make a left hand turn into the Walmart parking lot, causing him to collide with the vehicle. Town of Newburgh Medics re­ quested a MedEvac launched. Or­ ange Lake FD set up a landing zone in the Walmart parking lot. A sec-

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Garage Fire Destroys Car, Damages Home on South Dix Ave. in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Good Will FD responded to a reported structure fire at 16 South Dix Ave. on April 14th. Firefighters used hand lines and ground ladders to put a fire out found in the garage area of the residence. Winona Lake FD was called to the scene, as well as Central Hudson for a power cut. Or­ ange County Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-15 was also at the scene. Good Will Car 1 requested the Orange County Fire In­ spector to the scene before crews cleared.

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M otorcycle Vs. Pickup Truck in Town of Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Cronomer Valley FD, along with Town of Newburgh Police and EMS responded to a reported MVA in­ volving a motorcycle and pickup truck on April 8th. The mo­ torcyclist was treated by EMS while firefighters checked the motorcycle for hazards and assisted with the injured party. Town of Newburgh EMS transported the motorcyclist to Montefiore-St. Luke's Hospital. The pickup truck driver was not injured. Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the accident.

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Abandoned House Fire in Stephentown Under Investigation STEPHENTOWN, NY - On April 4th at 7:42 P.M., the Stephentown Fire Department along with Stephentown ambu­ lance were dispatched to the house next to 345 West Road for a re­ ported structure fire, with multiple callers reporting an abandoned house on fire. Stephentown Car 4 arrived on scene and immediately transmitted the Signal 30 for heavy fire condi­ tions throughout a large aban­ doned structure. Command requested the Berlin FD to be dis­ patched to the scene with their tankers and manpower. Stephen­ town Cars 1 and 2 arrived on scene and established command as heavy fire was blowing from every window and doorway in the structure. Command requested the first-alarm to be retransmitted, and to have the Lebanon Valley FD dispatched to the scene with man­ power, an engine and a tanker, while the Hancock FD from Mas­ sachusetts was placed on standby in Stephentown FD's station. Command also notified the dis­ patcher that an individual was walking down the roadway, away from the scene, and to notify po-

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lice. The first arriving tanker on scene had their firefighters deploy a hand line to the front of the structure and begin to attempt to knock down the heavy fire condi­ tion. As firefighters were hitting the building with water the roof of the structure collapsed into the building, sending embers flying into the clear night sky. Additional resources began to arrive on scene about 15 minutes into the incident. Firefighters from the Berlin FD established a water supply over 700-feet away from the scene from a small creek. Firefighters laid in a four-inch supply line to the scene and began to feed the tankers and engines while fire­ fighters deployed another hand line to the rear portion of the building. Due to water supply issues and a very heavy fire load, crews had a difficult time extinguishing the fire. Engines on scene set up mas­ ter streams and began to pound the building with water while fire in­

vestigators arrived and began to walk around the fire scene. Approximately one hour into the incident with around 20 fire­ fighters now on scene, crews began to get control of the fire. Firefighters continued to conduct hot spot suppression for a few hours. National Grid arrived on scene and secured a downed power line that was in the roadway that had been attached to the va­ cant structure. Two individuals from the Stephentown community. Grant and Tammy Madden, brought fire­ fighters coffee and hot chocolate, and one of the captains from the Stephentown FD that owns Lakota BBQ also had food brought to the scene to feed the exhausted fire­ fighters. Fire investigators re­ mained on scene for a significant portion of the evening into the early morning hours conducting their investigation and collecting evidence on scene. Rensselaer County Fire Inves­ tigators are investigating the fire in the vacant structure at this time. No injuries have been reported.

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B ru sh F ire R e p o rte d A lo n g R a ilro a d T ra c k s in F e u ra Bush FEURA BUSH, NY - A 911 call was received for possible flames visi­ ble behind the Unionville Reformed Church on Delaware Turnpike on Monday, April 4th, around 6:30 RM. Onesquethaw Fire responded to the area where they dis­ covered smoke. While searching the area, crews foimd an active brush fire along the railroad tracks on Game Farm Road. Delmar and Slingerlands Fire Depart­ ments were immediately requested to the scene with their UTVs to assist, and CSX was ordered to stop rail traf­ fic in file area while crews worked along file tracks. A handline was pulled from Game Farm Road down the tracks to file brush fire. Firefighters used indian tanks to put out spot fires in the brush, and Hie UTVs assisted in putting out hotspots in the field and along the tracks. Firefighters had the fire knocked down quickly before it could spread any further. Onesquethaw EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Albany County Sheriffs also assisted on scene. There were no injuries reported. THOMAS MARRA

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Two Burn V ictim s Transported to Hospital A fter M astic House Fire MASTIC, NY - On April 12, 2022 at about 5:20 P.M., the Mas­ tic Fire Department was activated for a report of a house fire on M astic Blvd., near Pershing St. According to Fire-Com, it was also reported that there possible were burn victims so Mastic Am­ bulance was also dispatched to the scene. On arrival. Mastic Chief Sunderman found active fire in the residence and incoming mutual aid was requested from Center Moriches. As crews got on scene, they were able to knock down the fire relatively quickly. Mastic Ambulance treated two patients with burns. A MedEvac helicopter was requested for one of the patients. The landing zone, per Suffolk County PD aviation base, was going to be Montauk Highway in the parking lot of Aldi in Shirley. Chief Sunderman re­ quested that Fire-Com redirect Center Moriches to assist with se­ curing the landing zone. In addi­ tion, he directed one of his fire police units (5-12-80) to also re-

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Fully Involved Car Fire in Oakdale OAKDALE, NY - West Sayville responded to a fully involved auto in Oakdale in the early morning hours of April 15th. Crews had to transition to foam operations due to a ruptured gas tank. Islip Town Hazmat and NYS DEC were requested to the scene to assist.

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m a i spond to and secure the landing zone. Center Moriches and Mastic FD assets arrived on scene and co­ ordinated with Suffolk Police 7th Precinct officers to cordon off a large section of the parking lot so that SCPD Helo 4 could land safely. After the helicopter was on the ground the flight medic went to the awaiting ambulance to as­ sess the patient while the pilot and remaining crew prepped the heli­ copter for transport. The patient was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital while an additional Mastic EMS crew transported a second patient with burns also to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. The fire scene was then turned over to the Brookhaven Fire Mar­ shal's office.

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Firefighters and EMS operate at the scene of an overturned auto in Westhampton, 3/27/22.

S in g le -V e h ic le M VA w ith O ve rtu rn in W e sth a m p to n WESTHAMPTON, NY - At approximately 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 27th, the Westhampton Beach FD was activated for a MVA with overturn and entrapment in the area of 100 Montauk Hwy., off Summit Blvd. in West Hampton. The Westhampton War Memo­ rial Ambulance and Southampton Town Police were also dispatched to the scene. The first arriving fire chief radioed back to FIRE-COM, re­ questing that the alarm be reacti­ vated as a heavy rescue. Units arrived on scene to find the vehicle on its side. The occu-

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pants of the car were loaded into awaiting ambulances and taken by Westhampton War Memorial Ambu­ lance to a local hospital for treat­ ment of their injuries. Firefighters assisted with clean­ ing up fluids and debris once the pa­ tients were loaded into the ambulances. The scene was then turned over to police.

- JOHN WALTHERS


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Fire Rips Through Building in Middle Island Condo Complex MIDDLE ISLAND, NY - On Sunday, April 24th at about 2:07 PM., the Middle Island Fire De­ partment was dispatched to a re­ ported structure fire at 137 Fairview Circle, lo­ cated in the Fairview at Artist Lake Condominium Complex. Shortly after the initial activation, Fire-Corn advised the responding chiefs that they were receiving multiple calls for the incident. On arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Marcel Rosenfield (5-15-31) encountered fire coming from the first and second floor units. The job was quickly re­ activated for a working fire and mutual aid was dispatched to the scene to assist. Chief of Department William Nevin (5-15-30) arrived on scene shortly after and began handling operations while Assistant Chief Rosenfield continued to be in com­ mand of the incident. Mutual aid units from Yaphank, Ridge, Coram, Gordon Heights, Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), Medford and Rocky Point started arriving on scene and firefighters began stretching hand lines. At one point at least four hand lines were stretched and placed into opera­ tion. In addition to the hand lines. Middle Island’s Tower Ladder #1 was placed into operations to put water on the fire. During firefighting operations, concerns arose about gas that sup­ plies the building, as well as struc­ tural integrity. Part of the second floor collapsed during operations, prompting an evacuation of the building and a switch to exterior operations. No firefighters were in­ jured in the collapse. Crews battled hot spots for an extended period and conducted ex­ tensive overhaul, as there was a total of 12 units in the building that were involved. According to offi­ cials, of those 12, at least four were destroyed and up to five or six ad­ ditional units sustained enough damage that would displace resi­ dents. Fire officials requested the Red Cross to assist with disaster relief for the displaced residents. No firefighters or civilians were injured from the fire. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal's Office was notified and called to the scene to investigate.

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Fire Rips Through 31 Cars at Auto Repair Shop in Lindenhurst LINDENHURST, NY - In the morning hours of April 15th, the Lindenhurst Fire Department re­ sponded to a Signal 13 at 538 West Hoffman Avenue for reports of multiple vehicles on lire and threatening a structure. Upon arrival of Truck 164, they transmitted a smoke showing, took com­ mand and requested an additional engine to the scene from Copiague. First due Engine 1-6-6 arrived on scene and laid in 1000-ft. of live-inch supply from the nearest accessible hydrant located on N 9th street. Engine 16-6's crew put three lines into op­ erations, (two) 2 1/2’s and a cross lay. Truck 164 put one of their cross lays into operation as well. Copiague Engine 1-3-7 arrived shortly after and laid in from a hy­ drant that was on the other side of the tracks to supply Truck 164. En­ gines 1-6-6 and 1-3-7 both put their deck guns into operation. A total of 31 cars had caught lire and were destroyed at the auto repair center. Command of the scene was split between Truck exCaptain John Meyers and 1st As­ sistant Chief Dave Collins.

- MICHAEL SERRELL

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Fire rips through 31 cars in Lindenhurst, 4/15/22.

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LONG ISLA F ire E n g u lfs 2 n d F lo o r o f T w o -S to ry H om e in C e n te r M o ric h e s CENTER MORICHES, NY On April 11th, just before 3:00 P.M., the Center Moriches FD was activated for a reported kitchen lire in a structure on Railroad Ave., be­ tween Clinton St. and Montauk High­ way. The first arriving chief found a twostory residence with heavy fire showing from the second floor. Center Moriches first due Engines 5-4-3 and 54-6 quickly arrived on scene and began to stretch lines. Mutual aid was requested to come into the scene from East Moriches for one engine and one ladder, and Mastic for their RIT team. Manorville was requested to stand by. Crews from multiple Center Moriches engines, along with the mutual aid departments made an aggressive attack on the fire and were able to knock it down, how­ ever due to the extent of the fire there was extensive overhaul that needed to be done on the second floor. Firefighters operated on scene for about one hour. No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters during the operation. SCPE) and Center Moriches FD Fire Police had Railroad Ave. closed in the area during the incident.

- JOHN WALTHERS

Firefighters operate at a house fire in Center Moriches, 4/11/22. One firefighter can be seen removing a fish tank from the home.

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On April 8th, the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company took delivery of a new 2022 Chevy Tahoe Chief truck/first response vehicle (5-39-84) from Commander Fleet Corp. This vehicle will be assigned to the 2nd Assistant Chief of the Department.

VALLEY STREAM, NY - On April 12th at 2:04 P.M., the El­ mont FD was alerted by FireCom to respond to a house fire on Hommel Street in North Valley Stream. Nassau County Police reported a fire on the second floor. Elmont Chief Ron Conti (7010) arrived on scene and transmitted a Signal 10. Engine 703 and Truck 2 (708) were first on the scene. Quick work by Elmont units confined the fire to the second floor of the dwelling. There were no reported injuries.


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Firefighters work to extricate the occupant of this Subaru after her vehicle overturned, trapping her inside, 4/10/22.

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Center Moriches ex-Chief Ian Foley at a recent house fire on Railroad Ave.

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MASTIC, NY - At approxi­ mately 3:18 P.M. on Sunday, April 10th, the Mastic FD along with Mastic Ambulance were activated for reports of a motor vehicle crash at Mastic Rd. and Moriches Ave. Fire-Corn advised Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman and Assistant Chief Gene Martucci that they were taking multiple calls for a vehicle overturned with one person trapped. On arrival, the chiefs con­ firmed that one car was upside down and that the driver was still inside. Rescue 10 was the first ap­ paratus to arrive on scene. Rescue 10's crew was directed to bring the cutters and spreaders (Jaws of life) up to the scene. Engine 5-121 and Mini Pumper 5-12-5 re­ sponded in to assist. Crews used the Jaws of Life for several minutes, working to get the woman out of the car, while other members from Mastic

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June, 2022

STEVE WHITE

Family members of FDNY Lt. Nicholas Troianiello.

FDNY

Brooklyn Structure Fire Goes to Three Alarms BROOKLYN, NY - A little after 7:00 A.M. on May 2nd, we received a call for fire at 5401 7th Avenue in Brooklyn. Units found heavy fire on the first floor, with extension to the second floor and the top floor and cock-loft area, which is the space between the roof on the top floor ceiling. We had to stretch multiple hose lines to combat this stubborn fire. Our units did a great job ex­ tinguishing this fire. We had 150 FDNY fire and EMS personal on scene. We had one minor injury to a civilian and one minor injury to a firefighter. We found several scooters in-

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side the building. When these scooters are involved in fire, the batteries can overheat and cause spontaneous combustion. The fire department procedure is to pull them out of the building and turn them over to our Fiazardous Mate­ rials unit. The FDNY Fire Mar­ shals are investigating the cause of the fire.

- FDNY DEPUTY ASSISTANT CHIEF JOHN SARRACCO

STEVE WHITE

Lto R): Lt. Troianello's granddaughter, Jennifer Troianiello, and his brother, Louis Troianiello, NYC Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks, and Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella.

Street Naming Dedication Held for FDNY Lt. Nicholas Troianello

Additional news from FDNY can be found on our website at www.1rbn.com

STATEN ISLAND, NY - A street naming dedication was held for deceased FDNY Lieutenant Nicholas Troianello in Mariners Harbor on April 22nd. Lt. Troianello passed away on March 26, 2021 at 94-years-old.


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Emergency! Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Ok, something tells me that some of you may have thought about the 1970's television show with Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto, that's ok. The thing that has come to my mind was preparing for emergen­ cies. Law enforcement, firefighters and EMS are classified as Emer­ gency Responders. Why? When people have an emergency, these are the front line that are there and usually trained for the emergency. Emergency responders train to re­ spond to emergencies. We have the motto "don't train until you get it right, train until you can't get it wrong." Many areas train on the bread and butter calls and try to im­ prove, so that everything works from muscle memory. There are other emergency re­ sponders who really train. They are curious for knowledge and prepare for calls that barely happen or have not happened yet. How many are trained to work with livestock emergencies, when you live in an urban area? Elow many people be­ fore 2019 were trained to deal with a pandemic? Did anyone know that FEMA had courses to train you to handle providing services during a pandemic years before the pan­ demic happened? Flow many peo­ ple are trained to deal with airplane crashes and mass casualty when you live nowhere in the path of any planes? I think now people are training for terrorists, bio-weapons and electro-magnetic pulses. These may see like a dream, or nightmare but this is the thinking we need. Flow many people thought through fight­ ing a fire or doing extrication with an electric car or self driving car? Towns have departments that plan to deal with emergencies called Office of Emergency Man­ agement. These departments are supposed to be training for the big stuff like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and things along that na­ ture and they may do table top drills or almost full scale simulations. But how are you prepared to handle you emergencies in life? I met a brother firefighter in Houston, after Elurricane Elarvey. Lie shared with me that as the storm was coming, he put mattresses, an axe and chainsaw in the rafters of his one-story house. As the water started rising, his family went up there for refuge. Lie saw that the

water remained high and he took the chainsaw and cut a whole in the roof and got his family on the roof of the house, until they got rescued. Like many firefighters, he made sure that his family was safe and then he went and reported for his shift. When does the individual train for dealing with all this bad news? Have you ever taken a class on how to handle a life changing car acci­ dent? Do you how to handle when a doctor tells you that you have stage 4 cancer? Does anyone train you how to tell your spouse that you no long can provide an income to sup­ port the family? Are you ready for a sudden death, a divorce and all that entails, death of a loved one, or any sudden news? We may think that we are ready for our training, but it may help lessen it to some point. There was a time that a chaplain friend of mine had to go into the hos­ pital and people there knew him and knew that he was as a chaplain. When they gave him the bad news, they saw that he was a bit over­ whelmed by what they told him. They mentioned that he was the chaplain, and works with this every day. The comment back to them was "yes, I deal with this every day, but it is not me that gets the news every

day". Even people who help others all the time through their tough times also need to be supported. Develop your support group to help you manage your emergencies. Try to pre-plan. I know that it may not be fun, but you may want to start thinking about a will, power of attor­ ney, communications, where you can stay if your residence is destroyed. Have you thought how you would handle a fire in your house? Did you scan all your important documents and photos and store them on a flash drive and put in a safe deposit box, so that if you lose the house, you still have the important papers? Please develop your team that you can call, local and long distance. During certain disasters, local calls were not getting through but people would be able to call people in other states. Some people were smart. They called a relative in another state and had them call someone in the town of the original caller. Remember that when the stuff hits the fan, you can look towards a counselor, faith leader, a chaplain and as always you can talk with God. He is always there. Sometimes it may not feel like it but He sees what you are going through. I pray that you do not have per­ sonal emergencies, but we know that it will happen. Know that I care.

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FDNY Conducts Technical Rescue in M anhattan MANHATTAN, NY - At 11:37 P.M. on April 4th, the New York City Fire Department received a 911 call reporting three workers stuck in a man lift basket, approximately 100’ in the air, at West 33rd Street and 7th Avenue. Working with the lift operator, FDNY personnel were able to have the lift moved closer to the building and lowered enough to tie off the workers and remove them through a building window. There were no injuries. Rescue operations were completed after 40 minutes, and FDNY departed the location at 12:27 A.M.


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