Asst Fire Chief receives State Firefighter of the Year

Monday, April 14, 2014 


Leavenworth Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Nietzke was presented the "2013-2014 State Firefighter of the Year" award by the Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars. Nietzke has been with the department since 1985, and was nominated by his Fire Chief. Read more about this honor at:



Fire Chief fails background check

Saturday, April 12, 2014 


Part of an improvement plan put into place after an alleged molestation incident in the fire station, Borough Council made it mandatory for all personnel to complete and successfully pass a background check. Among those was Fire Chief David Bohnert, who failed his check due to a 1998 conviction of lewdness. Due to this, Borough Council has dismissed him from the department, the second firefighter to fail the check. Read more at:



Firefighter arrested child porn

Saturday, April 12, 2014 


An investigation led authorities to a computer being used in a Schiller Park fire station, where it is alleged firefighter Edward Mendelson downloaded numerous child pornography photos. Read more about Mendelson's felony charges at:



West Jordan firefighters honored for saving a life

Friday, April 11, 2014 


They were in the right place at the right time, with the knowledge and skillset to save a life. That is exactly what happened in March when a man was having chest pains and passed out in his vehicle. Because of the quick actions of Deputy Chief Clint Petersen, Capt Clint Paxton, Engineer Dave Montoya, paramedic Bam Davis and paramedic Troy Harris, the 47 year old man was saved and made a full recovery.  The man was able to personally thank the crew during their presentation of the Jordan Valley Medical Center's Emergency Medical Services Amazing Save Award. Check it out at:



Loudoun County public safety personnel receive Valor Awards

Thursday, April 10, 2014 


During the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce annual Valor awards ceremony, over 80 people were honored for their heroic efforts in saving lives of the residents and visitors of the county. Among them were Loudoun County Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Management personnel who were recognized for their roles in saving a child who was in cardiac arrest as a result of choking. The little girl and her parents were there to personally thank the crew that saved her life.  Read more about the long list of first responders who were recognized at:



2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 


Tragedy struck in February 2013 for the firefighters of Bryan, TX during a fire at the Knights of Columbus social hall. Lt. Gregory Pickard led the rapid intervention crew in heroic attemps to rescue a fellow firefighter, however received severe burns that would later take his life. Lt Pickard was posthumously awarded the 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor award for his bravery and unselfish acts of courage. Read more about Lt. Pickard at:



Price of a photo? Their jobs!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 


A photo is circulating of six University City firefighters during election day, and an investigation has been launched.  The firefighters have claimed their actions were in line with rules & regulations of the department, and if the investigation finds them in violation they could lose their jobs. Read more at:



Firefighter makes threat after DWI charge

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 


Adam Christopher Miller, a Muncie firefighter, is now facing DWI charges and for threatening the hospital security. After refusing a breathalizer test during a traffic stop, he was transported to the local hospital for testing and allegedly threatened personnel. Read more at:



Dispatchers receive APCO award

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 


Four dispatchers from Otter Tail County 9-1-1 were recognized with an Association of Public Communications Officers (APCO) Award for their dedication and efficiency during a working fire. Congratulations to Marco Picchiarini, Mellisa McCormick, David Cossette, and Sandra Brown.  Read more at:



3 Firefighters to receive Valor Awards

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 


Three firefighters will receive Valor Awards in an upcoming ceremony for their heroic efforts during a June 2013 softball game. North Caldwell Firefighter Janice Stickles and West Caldwell Firefighters Thomas Bradley and Ryan Peter are being recognized for saving a life during the game. Read more at:



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