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GA - Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 304 Blake Drive, located in the Copper Hills subdivision, off Knox Bridge Highway just shortly after 2:00 p.m. on May 23rd. - See full story on page 25

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Family escapes blaze At 2:14p.m. on June 9th, the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 2533 Adair Ave., when the residents of that address called 911 to report a fire in a bedroom. When firefighters arrived, they found a male with a severe cut to his arm, directing water via a water hose into the bedroom through an exterior broken window. He was later transported to Physician's Regional, (old St. Mary's), for the injury received while breaking the glass. The other occupants, a wife and three children were all out of the home safely. Firefighters quickly brought

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the fire under control, with most of the fire damage being contained to the room of origin and smoke damage throughout. Once considered safe, the wife was allowed to enter the structure to retrieve three large snakes. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family with their needs. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated. - DJ COrCOrAN

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At approximately 2:27 a.m., the Knoxville Police Department was called to 1720 Massachusetts Ave for a 10-85 (disturbance) when a neighbor called to report a man yelling for help. When officers JUMP TO FILE # arrived, they found 052213108 a man in his front yard spraying water from a garden hose onto his burning home. The officers, Stonerock and McVail immediately called for the fire department. Stonerock asked the man if anyone else was inside and was told, "yes". Officer Stonerock entered the structure while Officer McVail took the garden hose and continued wetting the flames. Just then, Knoxville Fire Department's Squad 7 arrived and assisted the officer removing the woman. Rural Metro Ambulance transported the two victims to U. T. Hospital with mild smoke inhalation and minor injuries. Two large dogs were discov-


ered inside the home by firefighters completing a primary search for any additional victims that may have been inside with none found. The dogs were administered oxygen by EMS personnel on site, and appeared to be doing fine. Animal control was canceled when a neighbor assumed respon-

sibility for the animals. Fire investigators determined the fire to be accidental, with the point of origin being the front living room near an electrical outlet. No other injuries were reported. - DJ COrCOrAN

MFRD responds to early morning fire at Cannonsburgh Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s District 1 responded to the “Telephone House” at Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village at 312 South Front St. just after 6:30 a.m on June 1st. Crews arrived to find smoke billowing from the front of the building. Engine 15 Captain Jamie JUMP TO FILE # Bigelow could tell 060313123 that the deck portion of the front porch of the building had been smoldering for a while. Wanting to preserve what he thought might be old boards on the historical building, Bigelow and his crew began to carefully pry the boards off to locate the fire underneath. Once the fire was located, crews were able to extinguish it quickly. “The fire appears to have started in the mulch and spread to the building,” said Bigelow. “It was apparent that the mulch had been smoldering for quite some time before flaming.” It is unclear what caught the mulch on fire; however, many mulch fires begin with a discarded cigarette. The National Fire Protection Association warns, “Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily. ” - ASHLEY MCDONALD


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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Texas: Cody Dragoo, 50 Rank: Firefighter Texas: Joseph Pustejousky, Rank: Firefighter Texas: Douglas Snokhous, 50 Rank: Firefighter Texas: Robert Snokhous 48 Rank: Firefighter Texas: Morris Bridges, 41 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:Apr 17, 2013 Death Date: Apr 17, 2013 Fire Department: West Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Gorge Nors Sr. Initial Summary: Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities. Incident Location: West Fertilizer CO, 1471 Jerry Mashek DR, West, TX 76691 Alabama: Dale Scott Queen, 37 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:April 29, 2013 Death Date: April 29, 2013 Fire Department: Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Stephen Maples Initial Summary: Firefighter Queen became ill while working a call of an explosion in the area. Aid was rendered to Firefighter Queen by fellow responders and he was transported to the hospital but succumbed from a type of injury still to be reported. Incident Location: 19 Iron Man Road, Hartselle, AL

Maryland: Gene Kirchner, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:April 24, 2013 Death Date: May 2, 2013 Fire Department: Baltimore County Fire Department, Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Chief John J. Hohman Initial Summary: Firefighter Kirchner passed away from injuries sustained at the scene of a working residential fire. Kirchner was found unconscious and rescued by fellow firefighters on the second floor of the structure after he had reportedly issued a Mayday call. A resident of the home, who did not survive the fire, had also been found and removed from the burning structure by firefighters. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities. Incident Location: 19 Hanover Road, Reisterstown, MD Alabama: Stanley Martin Jr., 71 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date:May 6, 2013 Death Date: May 6, 2013 Fire Department: Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief George Henderson Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Martin fell ill while working at the scene of a residential structure fire. While aid was being rendered to Martin by fellow firefighters, he went into cardiac arrest. Assistant Fire Chief Martin was transported to the hospital by ambulance but passed away from a nature of injury still to be reported. Incident Location: 71 Peachtree Lane, Eutaw, AL 35462 New Mexico: Daniel Davidson, 26 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:May 5, 2013 Death Date: May 5, 2013 Fire Department: Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest Fire Dept. Info: District Ranger James Duran Initial Summary: Firefighter Davidson was working on project work near Mayhill, NM, with two other engine crew members when he collapsed. CPR was administered immediately. However, when emergency personnel responded with the Life Flight helicopter, Davidson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The nature and cause of Davidson’s fatal injury remain under investigation. Incident Location: Near Mayhill, NM

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Senate Joint Resolution Tennessee State Senator Doug Overbey attended the Blount County Rescue Squad's regular monthly board meeting in May. He awarded Chief Sartin with a Senate Joint Resolution for his 2012 Costo McGhee Award from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and efforts.

Murfreesboro, TN. The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Honor Guard presented their 2013 National Championship trophy to Chief Cumbey Gaines. This is the second consecutive year the MFRD Honor Guard has placed first in the National Honor Guard Competition at FDIC in Indianapolis, Indiana. Captain/Shift Inspectors Nora Smith, Wade Williams, and Thomas McAdoo, Captains Jeff Irvin, Gary Hutchinson, and Mike Adams, Driver Randy Shaw, and Firefighters Greg Burt and Charles Powell secured the trophy for their extraordinary presentation in details such as full dress inspection, posting of the colors, casket watch, and flag folding. City dignitaries were in attendance for the trophy presentation,

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including Mayor Tommy Bragg, Councilmember Eddie Smotherman, City Manager Rob Lyons, and Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley. Chief Gaines expressed his pride for the team and stated, “This year’s win is even more important than the last. It shows who you are…you ARE the best.” Chief Gaines also presented the team with a proclamation from the State of Tennessee Senate, signed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and State Senator Bill Ketron. The proclamation stated, “I, Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the Senate of the One Hundred Eighth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee,

at the request of and in conjunction with Senator Bill Ketron, do hereby proclaim that we congratulate the members of the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Honor Guard on their capture of the 2013 National Honor Guard Championship. We also give our appreciation to the department’s entire force of fine men and women, and extend to them our best wishes for success in all future endeavors.” “We cannot begin to convey our happiness to accept this trophy from the Honor Guard. These men and women truly exemplify what our department stands for: hard workers, dedicated employees, accepting challenges, and uniting for a cause.” - ASHLEY MCDONALD

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Heavy smoke from building At approximately 12:20 p.m. on May 24th, the Knoxville Fire Department was dispatched to 127 Hillcrest Dr. for the report of a cooking fire at Amy Lee Apartments #16. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from one of the upstairs units of a two story, fourteen unit brick building. The tenant told officials that she and her two boys had attempted extinguishing the fire that started in the kitchen near the stove before calling 911. A quick response from a nearby fire station limited the fire damage to the kitchen area of that unit. No injuries were reported, and the American Red Cross will be assisting the woman and two teens with their immediate needs. SMITHBROTHERSFIREPHOTOS.SMUGMUG.COM

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Three Palm Beach County Fire Rescue employees honored On May 21, 2013, three members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were honored by the Palm Beach Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution at their Annual Fire Safety Commendation Awards Ceremony. Captain Paul Leser, Captain Robert Eastberg and Firefighter Thomas Metzler were all honored for their heroic acts. Captain Leser and Firefighter Metzler were honored for a heroic save of a citizen from a second

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story home that was on fire. The two men went in through a second story window with fire on the first floor underneath them and were able to pull an unresponsive woman out to safety. Their quick actions prevented a tragedy from occurring. Captain Eastberg jumped into a canal and along with a bystander

rescued an elderly couple from their upside down, submerged vehicle. Captain Eastberg went into the vehicle twice to help both husband and wife get to safety. His heroic actions helped prevent the couple from drowning inside the vehicle. Congratulations Captain Leser, Captain Eastberg and Firefighter Metzler!

Life saving award in Delray Beach In honor of EMS week, Delray Beach Fire-Rescue honored two first responders for their efforts on a call on April 12th at the commission meeting on Tuesday, May 21st. Jude and Rachel Diaz demonstrated exceptional effort and went truly above and beyond in their efforts on a critical call on I-95. The Diaz family witnessed a motor vehicle drive off the road and come to a stop against a fence hundreds of feet from the roadway. The family stopped to render aid and ended up performing CPR as well as assisting DBFR crews in the treatment and movement of the patient to the transport medic unit.

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Their actions on this call were truly amazing and improved the quality of care for the patient. For their efforts, Jude, Rachel, and Chesna Diaz were given the Life Saving Award from Delray Beach Fire-Rescue. This award is the highest award possible for a civilian from Delray Beach Fire-Rescue. Please join the City in congratulating the Diaz family for their efforts. - CURTIS JEPSEN



Community volunteer honored Commercial structure fire in Belle Glade for Service PBCFR

consumes auto repair shop At 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 7 responded to reports of a structure fire at 1100 block of NW 9th Street in Belle Glade. First arriving crews found a fully involved commercial building with flames through the roof. The business was an auto repair shop and crews encountered multiple vehicles parked around and inside the struc-

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ture. A defensive fire attack was initiated due to the heavy fire conditions experienced. During firefighting efforts, a portion of the roof and outside wall collapsed on the building. Fire crews did an excellent job containing the fire inside the building and preventing

fire spread to adjacent businesses. Crews were also able to prevent multiple vehicles that were close to the building from sustaining fire damage. There were no occupants in the business at the time of the fire. Preliminary findings indicate this fire may be ruled accidental caused by faulty fluorescent light fixture ballast in the ceiling. - ALBERT BORROTO

On May 17, 2013, afterthree3 years of tireless volunteer service to Seminole Fire Rescue, Francis Jean Kazen retired. Francis Jean was celebrated as the dedicated person that handled the city’s special needs evacuation registrations. Among Francis Jean’s responsibilities, she also organized the Fire Rescue’s computer data base of businesses. Seminole Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Mike Rodde stated that “Francis Jean will be greatly missed and that we are saddened

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about her departure.” Pictured with Francis Jean are Interim Fire Training Chief John Schmidt, Fire Rescue Administrative Assistant Cindy Wigfall, Fire Chief George Bessler, District Chief William Morelli, and Fire Marshal Mike Rodde. - BRAD DYKENS


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City of Seminole Fire Rescue promotions Congratulations to the new leaders at Seminole Fire Rescue. At a pinning ceremony held during the June 11th City Council meeting, Fire Chief George Bessler recognized newly promoted officers, Lieutenants Eric Fayed and Jeff McManigal, District Chief Chris Hengstenburg, Training Chief John Schmidt, and Assistant Chief Terry Tokarz. During the ceremony, Chief Bessler was quoted as saying that “These individuals have excelled and are ready to assume greater leadership responsibilities for the City and Greater Seminole Community”. Combined, these new leaders bring a total of 97 years of invaluable experience to the department’s leadership team. BRIAN STOOTHOFF

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Citizens’ Academy class visits Ocala Fire Rescue Ocala, FL. On May 8, 2013, 26 citizens were better educated about city government, thanks to a Citizens’ Academy class that was held in Ocala. Participants in the eight week course met for two hours each week to learn how city government functions, and the services that are provided. During one recent session at the fire station, citizens viewed various types of apparatus, fire and medical

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On June 2nd at 6:24 p.m., Escambia County Communications received numerous 911 calls reporting a house fire in the 3400 block of West Maxwell Street. While en-route, Engine 17 reported heavy smoke in the area. Upon arrival, they reported fire showing from the A/D corner windows. The crew of Engine 17 made a quick knockdown of a bedroom fire. In addition, Engines 3, 11,

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Plantation firefighter to serve on federal board Plantation, FL. April 18, 2013: It’s always an honor to be recognized for your knowledge and commitment to your industry. But when you are asked to serve at the National level, it’s something to celebrate. Plantation Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Namm was recently appointed to Homeland Security’s Interagency Board, (IAB). According to their website, ( the mission of the IAB is to develop, maintain and update the Standardized Equipment List for emergency responders. Namm, who serves as a volunteer firefighter for Plantation and works full time for Motorola as a Senior Staff Engineer, has long-

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Retired Arab firefighter involved in accident Arab, AL - Retired Arab Volunteer Firefighter Dick Campbell escaped injury in a two vehicle accident on Brindlee Mountain Parkway. Mr. Campbell was evaluated on the scene by personnel from AFD and Samaritan EMS, but was not transported to the hospital. The driver of the second car also escaped injury in the accident, which was investigated by Arab Police Department.

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Wreck on Brindlee Mountain Parkway sends patient to hospital Emergency personnel in Arab worked a two vehicle accident with entrapment on June 14th at the intersection of Brindlee Mountain Parkway and Fourth Avenue, only one block from Fire Station No. 1. On arrival, Lt. Blake Isom reported a rollover accident with confirmed entrapment. The 19 year old driver was unresponsive in her vehicle that was t-boned by a one ton truck and overturned. Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to extricate the patient, who was cared for on the scene and transported to Huntsville Hospital by paramedics with Samaritan EMS. The driver of the truck was not injured. Traffic was slow on US Highway 231 (Brindlee Mtn Parkway) for an hour while Arab Police investigated the accident.

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Station 46 rescues trapped ducklings On May 16th while out for a morning walk, Valencia Shores resident Denise Klass was drawn to a gutter storm drain by a frantic mother duck. Looking down, she discovered a dozen baby ducklings swimming in the water below. Borrowing a cell phone from Sherry Littman, wife of PBCFR Advisory Board Member Jay Littman, PBCFR was called for assistance. Firefighters from Station 46 quickly showed up to rescue the trapped ducklings. Under the watchful eye of the mother duck, the ducklings were safely removed from the storm drain uninjured. Mother duck and ducklings were reunited and happily swam off into the lake. There were smiles all around along with happy quacking from the nearby lake.


Fire officers join professional delegation to Israel Fire officers from across the southeastern US were selected to participate in a professional delegation to Israel. In attendance from Florida was Derryl O’Neal and Richard Intartaglio, from Tennessee was DJ Corcoram, Mark Morris and Jay Cohen; and from North Carolina was Jeff Dulin, Kevin Gordon and Garry McCormich. This commission was made possible by various Jewish foundations including the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties (FL); the Jewish Federation Nashville and Middle Tennessee; and Partnership2gether Southeast Consortium. The purpose of the visit was to foster an open exchange of ideas

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and techniques concerning fire and rescue operations. It provided a firsthand experience on the challenges facing Israel’s public safety through the eyes of the various agencies, which included MADA (Israel’s EMS), law enforcement, bomb squads, border patrol, emergency management, training centers, communication centers and various fire departments/stations. Cities visited included Hadera, the Haifa region, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Masada, the Dead Sea and TelAviv. Other highlights included a critique and tour of the deadliest

fire in Israel’s recent history, the Mount Carmel Fire; a visit to the Border Patrol Memorial; and an excursion through the Old City of Jerusalem. The overall experience was very rewarding professionally. However, the interaction with the people of Israel was the highlight. The delegation was welcomed with open arms wherever it went. They were invited to an Israeli fire officer’s home for dinner, allowed to respond out on emergency calls, given special treatment at restaurants and taken on exclusive behind the scene tours. This was truly an experience of a lifetime. - DERRYL O'NEAL

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Electrical fire in Pensacola motel On June 3rd at 6:54 a.m., Escambia County Communications received a report of a fire at the Queen Mary Inn on North Davis Highway. Engine 7 arrived and reported a working fire in a stairwell near an electrical panel. The building was evacuated and the fire was quickly knocked down. Engines 3, 6, 7, Ladder 12 and Tower 7 responded. Escambia County E.M.S. also stood-by. No injuries were reported.


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Outstanding Volunteers of the Year awards

Fire Chief Mark Curran presents DE/PM Roseboom with his award.

Kiwanis Club names Firefighter of the Year The Coral Springs Chapter of the Kiwanis Club has recognized Driver Engineer/Paramedic Zac Roseboom as the 2012 Firefighter of the Year. In February, he attained his State of Florida Fire Instructor as well as his LFAT certification. He redesigned our PAT course to meet the county standards so we can now hold county wide PAT’s at our academy. In addition, Zac has been trained to use both the portable and stationary air compressors to fill

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SCBA and SCUBA bottles. Zac took it upon himself to do a complete overhaul on our fit testing and particle generator machine, increasing both of their proficiency. Additionally, he became very familiar with the OSHA regulations regarding fit testing and rewrote our protocols for the machine and created back up data bases. Zac is

also working on a new measure with the other support technicians to have every academy student fit tested. Zac is the co-lead for our Fire Explorer Program. At the beginning of the school year,we started a new Fire Academy Firefighter 1 program at Coral Springs High School. Zac has helped teach there and we incorporated that class into our Explorer program.

The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties held their 26th annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year awards ceremony on April 25, 2013. Edgewater Fire Rescue, jointly with New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, was nominated in the group category. The departments were nominated by the staff of New Smyrna Beach High School based on the efforts of both agencies in providing emergency services education to the students in the Medical Academy program, including first responder curriculum and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). Representatives from each department were on hand at the luncheon to receive the runner up award in the Civic/Community category.


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Rollover in Gainesville Firefighters from Gainesville Fire Rescue were dispatched to a rollover MVA accident with reported entrapment at the 1600 block of NE 15th Street on Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2013. GFR Engine 3, Tower 1 and District Chief 1 responded to the incident along with Rescue 3 from Alachua County Fire Rescue. The first apparatus on scene reported no entrapment and the response was downgraded. One patient was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

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Retirement of Deputy Fire Chief Bart Wright The Maitland Fire Rescue Department announces the retirement of Deputy Fire Chief Bart Wright. On the afternoon of May 31, 2013, Chief Wright departed out of the doors at 1776 Independence Lane - fire department headquarters and begin his next chapter in life. He has called this department home since 1978, where he rose through the ranks of engineer, lieutenant, fire marshal, division chief/training, assistant chief, and deputy chief. His passion has always been on the life safety/fire prevention side of the fire service. Although we do not believe he will be a stranger to the city or department, his presence will be missed dearly.

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Apartment complex fire in Gulf Breeze On June 8th at 8:42 a.m., Gulf Breeze Police received numerous 911 calls reporting an apartment fire at 75 Nightingale Lane. Upon the arrival of the first due engine, a second alarm was requested due to heavy fire and smoke showing. The fire had quickly spread to a second apartment and into the cockloft. Lifeguard E.MS was requested for the occupant of the room where

the fire originated. The resident was treated and transported for burns and smoke inhalation. The fire was quickly knocked down by crews from Gulf Breeze and Midway Engine 35, utilizing two-two and a half inch lines. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, additional crews were able to enter the second floor apartments and extinguish the remaining fire.

On the initial box alarm, Gulf Breeze was assisted by Midway Engine 35 and Battalion 35, Escambia County Ladder 13. On the second alarm, Escambia County Engines 3, 17, Battalion 2 and Chief Patrick Grace responded. The Florida State fire Marshal's office was requested for cause and origin. - STEVE CLARK


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Marion County Veterans Council recognizes law officers and firefighter at annual award banquet Ocala, FL - Five local law enforcement officers and an Ocala firefighter received awards at a banquet chaired by the Marion County Veterans Council. The dinner, hosted by American Legion Post #284 on Friday, April 19th was attended by approximately 75 guests. Ocala Fire Rescue’s Jesse Blaire was recognized for his recent efforts to prevent childhood drowning, and for providing EMS training to the fire department. In addition he was nominated for providing outstanding medical care to citizens. Other award recipients are Detective Mark Proco (Ocala Police Department), Deputy Tim Liberatore (Marion County Sheriff’s Office), Trooper Anthony Dobosiewicz (Florida Highway Patrol), Investigator Michael Fischer (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission), and Officer Jody Backlund (Belleview Police Department).

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Dawson County, GA. Dawson County Emergency Services responded to 1300 Hugh Stowers Road on the morning of June 13th, in response to a high-risk horse rescue. Units arrived on scene just after 9:30 a.m. to find several JUMP TO FILE # individuals attempt- 061313107 ing to remove a horse stuck in a field depression. The gelding had fallen into an apparent sinkhole in the field and was in obvious distress. Individuals present advised that the animal had been found entrapped in the hole at approximately 8:00 a.m. and several unsuccessful attempts had been made to free the animal. Fire personnel swiftly evaluated the situation and then quickly prepared a make-shift sling to be maneuvered by a tractor. The horse was carefully removed without injury by Dawson County Emergency Services personnel and several area residents. During the rescue, the horse was provided oxygen and cooled to protect against the higher than normal temperatures and humidity of the day. In addition, a veterinarian was called to the scene to assess the horse following the extrication. - SABRINA PUCKETT

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The driver was able to step out of her car with the help of Cherokee County firefighters.

Tree falls on vehicle, driver rescued Cherokee County, GA. A major storm moved through Cherokee County bringing heavy rains, severe lightning and strong winds. The Cherokee County Emergency Operations Center reports that there have been reports of numerous trees and power lines down throughout the county. There were two non-life threating injuries in Cherokee County. One of those occurred on Arthur Road in Holly Springs

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when a tree fell on a black SUV trapping the 58 year old driver. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded and cut the trees away from the vehicle to get the lady out of the car. She appeared to have a bloody nose and was being checked by EMTs and paramedics. She was

later diagnosed to have cervical injuries and was transported to Northside Atlanta Hospital. According to Cherokee County E911, dispatchers received over 300 calls since the start of this evening storm. Residents were urged to stay home, however, if they had to travel on the roads to use extreme caution. - TIM CAVENDER


Cherokee County firefighter use the jaws of life to free the driver from the vehicle.

Three vehicle accident sends one to hospital Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to a three-vehicle accident on June 13th, at approximately 5:30 p.m., on Holly Springs Parkway. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Service Engine 24 was first to arrive on the scene. The accident involved a white Mini Cooper, a white Ford 250 pickup truck and a red Volvo. The 30 year old female driver in the Mini

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Cooper was entrapped and had to be removed using the “jaws of life.” According to Cherokee Medcon Operator, Scott Coppola, the patient’s injuries included left upper and lower leg breaks, and a fractured pelvis. She was transported to Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Ford truck, a

37 year old male, and his two children, an 11 year old girl and a three year old boy, were treated on the scene and did not appear to have any serious injuries. The 30 year old female in the Red Volvo did not have any serious injuries. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. - TIM CAVENDER


Firefighters climb equivalent of 110 flights to honor FDNY fallen heroes The Third Annual Lancaster 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Participants will climb steps at Clipper Magazine Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the World Trade Towers. Each climb is hosted and managed by local firefighters or people with an interest in ensuring that the 343 firefighters are not forgotten and to support the families of the fallen. All participants will receive a photo and badge of one of the fallen heroes of September 11th. A total of 343 individuals can participate in each event. Registration fees will be directed to the NFFF to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed on September 11, 2001. “The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs are a tremendous way to honor those heroes by completing the symbolic climb that they could not finish,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “These climbs are also a way to let the families know the legacies of their loved ones are remembered by so many in the fire service.” The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are inspired by stair climbs that first took place in Denver in 2005. Five Colorado firefighters gathered at a high-rise in the city

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to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their 343 FDNY brothers. Word spread throughout the Denver area fire departments and by 2007, more than 100 firefighters wanted to participate. Interest continued to increase each year and was capped at 343 in 2008. The Lancaster Stair Climb also remembers firefighters from Pennsylvania who have died in the line-of-duty since the previous year’s Stair Climb. For more information on the Lancaster Stair Climb, visit Lancaster Stair Climb on Facebook, or contact Scott Yuill at About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line of duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit - PROVIDED

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Five year old starts house fire Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 304 Blake Drive, located in the Copper Hills subdivision, off Knox Bridge Highway just shortly after 2:00 p.m. on May 23rd. Firefighters with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services were the first to arrive on the scene to find heavy smoke coming from the two story wooden and stone structure. Early reports indi-

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cated that the fire started in a bedroom located on the first story. According to Cherokee County Fire Investigator, Shane Daniel, the five year old grandson of the homeowners started the fire in his bedroom closet with a cigarette lighter. The little boy came screaming out of his room that the house was on fire. The grandmother stated that

she threw a bucket of water on the fire, but the fire was too large for the water to do any good. She then contacted 911 to have firefighters respond to the scene. A portion of the house received smoke, water and fire damage, however, firefighters worked hard to keep the fire from doing any major damage. Residents were able to get out of the house without injury. - TIM CAVENDER


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Flames through the roof, never a good sign, Lives in danger, including my buddies and mine. Geared up to the hilt we’re through the front door, Feeling our way to make sure there’s a floor. Hose line in hand we advance room to room, Unaware of the dangers that could possibly loom. Hearing the crackling of wood, the house is pitch black, I’ve got my brothers behind me, they’ve got my back. The heat is intense in this fiery hell, Things just went south, the roof has now fell. Trapped in the rubble our yells are all mumbled, A situation like this you become very quickly humbled. Units still arriving, our lives at their will, Pass alarms now ringing as we all lay there still. “They’ll be able to find us”, a thought without doubt, Radio goes off, “knock that fire down and get our guys out”! A mind starts to wander about the life you have had, You think about your family, the good and the bad. You hope that the love that you gave could be enough, For a lifetime of memories, without you it’ll be rough. Flashback to reality, hearing our names being called, Our brothers are coming through the exterior walls. They’re determined to find us; they won’t leave us behind, The oath of a firefighter etched deep in my mind. They’ve breached through the walls, from outside a light, The fires knocked down and we’ve all won this fight. I will always remember this day in my life, I was able to go home, kiss my kids and my wife. The day is now done an no one did fall, We’ll be there tomorrow to answer the call!

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue video production staff wins two Telly Awards At the recent 34th Annual Telly Awards, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was awarded two of these prestigious awards. Congratulations to our video team, Jack Norris, Sergio Ornelas and Derek Wiley! The winning videos were The Game Changer: Firefighter Cancer Awareness and Wellness Cross Training.

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This video is 60 minutes long and spans a time frame between January and August or 2009. There are seven incidents. One is a seventh alarm, one a fifth, three are second alarms and two are all hands. There is no narration other than what you may pickup from radio traffic. There incidents listed on the back of the DVD jacket and at the beginning of each when it starts. The size up is given on the jacket, not on the screen. The first is a seventh alarm in a large, four-story apartment house with a lot of smoke hanging and issuing from different sides of the structure. It is of ordinary construction and although for several minutes does not show much on the outside, I overheard a status report that there was heavy fire in the middle of the building. Evidence of this was brought out later when heavy fire shows at the top floor. A ladderpipe is put into operation in the beginning and heavy streams are taken to the roofs of exposures to play water on the fire building. Other heavy streams are operated from street level. The next fire is an all hands in-

volving a two story plumbing and heating store which appears to have dwellings above. This scene is mostly a smoke condition. Next is a fifth alarm involving the top floor of a factory that manufactured lawn and outdoor furniture. Heavy streams operate at the fire which is “goin good!” All hands were required to fight the next fire which is in the rear garage of a private dwelling, caused by a leaky gasoline tank on a motorcycle, the vapors of which came in contact with a water heater pilot light. The fire is through the roof of the garage. Roofmen use pike poles. Fire streams at the rear can be seen shooting above the structure. A second alarm was transmitted for the next fire which was in a dollar store with a Rite Aid pharmacy attached. It started in the basement. A Snorkel stream operates with the bucket at street level. It is noted that in 1976, four firefighters lost their lives at the same location when it was a restaurant. The next two fires are second alarms, one being an old mansion that was struck by lightning requiring heavy stream operations and the other was a basement fire in a mini supermarket started by a perpetrator after he barricaded himself to allude police. His body was recovered the next day. This DVD is the usual great coverage afforded by Fireline Videos!



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Positive feedback received from customer using mortgage program On the same day he closed on his first home, Henry EspinZamora sent off an email to the staff of the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program, thanking them for all of their time and support during the process. Not a problem, Mr. EspinZamora, it was our pleasure working with a hero like yourself. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. Espin-Zamora, 28, is a police officer in West New York, N.J. During his search for a home, he looked at several listings with different realtors. Of course, the Heroes Mortgage staff was right by his side during the entire process, providing a great mortgage rate. “I couldn’t be happier,”

Espin-Zamora said. “That’s why I sent the email. I just wanted to show my appreciation, to express myself. Any time I had a question, they were always there for me. They really helped make this happen for me.” Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process - from their initial inquiry - to closing. Working with its own resources and Federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it.

Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. “We are honored to continually get positive feedback from people like Mr. Espin-Zamora, who mean so much to our community,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “He is a hero and were happy to work with him. The Heroes Mortgage Program continues to flourish. We consider ourselves all lucky to be able to work with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

Win an iPad mini 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans team up to promote mortgage program The Heroes Mortgage Program has been expanding its services throughout the emergency services community since it was launched in 2011. To celebrate that success, Sun Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are teaming up to give away five more Free iPad Minis in 2013.

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Firefighters place first in Ironman Challenge Cobb County, GA. Four firefighters with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services placed first in the second annual Ironman Challenge held on May 17th, at Cumberland Mall, just north of Atlanta. The Ironman Challenge is done in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Fire Officers Association and show- JUMP TO FILE # cases the expertise 052113113 and physical abilities of metro Atlanta firefighters in a head-to-headskills competition. According to Cherokee County firefighter, Kevin Hamilton, “The course was seven stations with a four man team. All team members had to finish each station completely before you could move to the next.” The event was a head to head heat with the two fastest times racing each other in the finals for first place. A Cobb County team had an original time of 6:15 and Cherokee County placed second with a time of 7:09. When the final heat was held, Cherokee County firefighters beat Cobb County by one second with a time of 6:58. Besides Hamilton, the other members of the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services team were Jonathan Gottfried, Alex Adams and Frank Madonna. The team will be receiving a trophy and a couple sets of Paratech Irons.

The Pembroke Fire Department is a volunteer department that protects the 7.6 square miles of the city of Pembroke, Georgia. The department also responds second due to Bryan County and to areas of Fort Stewart. The 20 volunteer firefighters have already responded to 60 fire and ems calls for assistance in 2013. Shown in this photo is Engine 1, a 1994 KME and Engine 3, a 2001 American LaFrance. Both apparatus are equipped with 2 midship preconnect attack lines, have 1250 gpm pumps and 1000 gallon water tanks.

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Working fire in Dekalb County CHRIS DILLEY

I recently returned from a deployment with the Georgia Air National Guard to the Middle East, where I performed maintenance on C130 Hercules electrical and systems. I have not had many opportunities to do reporting from the field over the last few months, but I look forward to getting back on the fire truck, doing some firefighting and some reporting.

Dekalb County, GA - On May 26, 2013, Captain V. Cannon , FAO A. Taylor, FAO T. Peer , and Firefighter Dalton responded to a working fire where they handled water supply and assisted with suppression efforts.

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