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2nd firefighter dies battling huge Cyprus forest fire

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A huge forest fire raging out of control for a third day in the mountains southwest of the Cyprus' capital of Nicosiahas claimed the life of a second firefighter, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The announcement of 44-year-old Marios Aristotelous' death came a day after another colleague, Andreas Sophocleous, 49, lost his life in the line of duty. Both firefighters [...]

June 21st, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire Department, died Friday night after he was shot while trying to enter a home to make a welfare check, police said. Image credit: Official Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Page.

Mental health crisis: The calls can be unpredictable, dangerous for first responders

June 19--First responders say they are seeing an increase in the number of mentally disturbed individuals they're called on to help. And those encounters can be unpredictable, even dangerous. Manchester police called in a SWAT team and a Bearcat the morning of June 1 after a distraught man allegedly threatened to harm first responders who [...]

  • In the years since Safety Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack died in the September 11th attacks, his family hoped and waited for his remains to be found so they could lay him to rest. His son, Lieutenant Michael Stack said, weeks turned into months, months turned into years. Two years turned into five, turned into 10. Now it's been 15. Stack's family recently discovered that the chief had donated blood before he died. Using the blood as his remains, the family finally felt that they could lay him to rest in a funeral on Friday. Image credit: Sky News

FDNY Chief killed on 9/11 finally gets laid to rest

A funeral has been held for a New York City fire chief killed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Safety Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack's remains were never found after the World Trade Center collapsed. But nearly 15 years later, his family discovered two vials of blood that he had donated during a bone marrow [...]

June 18th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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North Carolina firefighter collapses, dies after workout

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — A 34-year-old North Carolina firefighter has died after exercising while on duty. Local media outlets report that Lincoln County firefighter Joshua Warren collapsed Thursday while jogging at East Lincoln Middle School. Warren was rushed to a hospital, where he later died. Officials said Warren was on duty with the Alexis Fire [...]

June 17th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Investigation launched into firefighter diver’s death on Lake Norman; ‘very sad day’

June 07--Authorities said Tuesday an investigation has been launched into the death of a Sherrills Ford-Terrell rescue diver, including a focus on the scuba gear he was using. Capt. Bradley Long, 28, died Monday during a recovery operation for the body of a swimmer who disappeared Sunday on Lake Norman. Two other divers with Long were hospitalized at Lake Norman [...]

June 9th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Scranton firefighter honored century after death

May 29--All city native Jane McGraw really knew about her maternal grandfather, Edward J. Conway, is he worked as a Scranton firefighter and passed away when her mother was very young. What she never learned were the circumstances of his death. Anytime the subject came up, Mrs. McGraw's father quickly ended the conversation. "My father [...]

May 29th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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NC firefighter suffers fatal heart attack while helping car crash victim

A North Carolina firefighter suffered a heart attack and died while helping a car crash victim over the weekend. Officials say John Davis was called to Johnston County to assist with an overturned vehicle. As he was helping the crash victim, he reportedly started feeling chest pains. He was transported to the hospital where he [...]

May 9th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Thousands gather for Pineville firefighter’s funeral

May 07--Hundreds of firefighters from across the Charlotte region lined Park Road and filled a dimly lit Forest Hill Church to honor Pineville volunteer firefighter Richard Sheltra, one of their own who apparently got lost or trapped in a burning golf supply store a week ago and later died. "Richard lived his life dedicated to [...]

May 7th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Pineville firefighter ‘got lost’ inside burning building, audio suggests

May 02--Firefighters who were working to put out a fire at a Pineville golf store Saturday night at one point reported that Richard Sheltra was lost in the building but was on his way out, according to an audio tape of communications at the scene. The tape, which has several unintelligible exchanges between firefighters, appears [...]

May 3rd, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Hundreds turn out to pay their final respects to Maryland firefighter killed in the line of duty

First responders from as far away as Canada travelled to Hollywood, Maryland to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes to fallen firefighter John Ulmschneider. The 37- year-old Prince George County firefighter was killed in the line of duty over the weekend. He was shot to death by a homeowner he thought he was [...]

April 21st, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments