Tucson Fire Department Chief Jim Critchley announced his retirement Thursday after six years as head of the department.
Critchley sent out a memo to Tucson Fire Department personnel Thursday saying he loved his job, but decided to retire and focus on his family, department spokesman Julian Herrera said.
Critchley joined the Fire Department in 1988 and became chief in 2011. As chief, he earned about $176,000 a year, according to a 2016 city database of employee salaries. No date was given for Critchley’s retirement, but city officials said they expected it to be effective before the end of the year.
City Manager Mike Ortega praised Critchley for his years of service, saying he was an asset to the community who will be missed.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star
A jury awarded a former firefighter $245,000 in damages Thursday, deciding she had proved two allegations in her federal lawsuit against the city of Tampa: That she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and the city retaliated against her when she complained.
But on the third allegation, the seven-person jury did not find that the city discriminated against Tanja Vidovic because of her gender. The jury spent less than a day deliberating in U.S. District Court.
Vidovic, 36, cried quietly in court as the verdict was read, her husband and friends looking on in support.
"I feel relieved," Vidovic said later. "I feel that we’re making steps in the right direction on how we treat women personally and in the workforce."
Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
Firefighters across Southern California are battling six major wildfires with brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames through Saturday. The newest blazes, the Lilac fire in San Diego County and the Liberty fire in Riverside County, are now being fueled by continued Santa Ana winds and low humidity, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Winds are expected to die down slightly on Friday before picking up again in intensity on Saturday. Red flag warnings have been extended across much of Southern California through Saturday, and high winds warnings are in effect for mountains and valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
A Milwaukee Fire Department acting lieutenant repeatedly groped a co-worker and gave her low marks on her work evaluation after she complained, according to a criminal complaint charging him with a felony.
Michael Peden, 35, was charged Thursday with second-degree sexual assault after his arrest last weekend. He is accused of a pattern of inappropriate and retaliatory behavior, which began earlier this year.
Peden works as a heavy-equipment operator. He was assigned as acting lieutenant to Engine 26, located on S. 26th St. near W. Scott St. in May.
Peden's attorney, Rebecca Coffee, said he denies the accusations and maintains his innocence.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
PHOTOS - A U.K.-based fire service has said it is “seriously unimpressed” with a 22-year-old man after five firefighters spent an hour freeing his head from a microwave oven he had “cemented” himself inside as part of a stunt he was filming for YouTube.
The man, based in the English city of Wolverhampton, had mixed quick-dry spackling paste and poured it around his head, which was protected by plastic bag inside the microwave, which was intended to act as a mold, according to West Midlands Fire. However, the prankster soon became trapped and after 90 minutes of unsuccessful help from friends, the fire brigade was called in.
After an hour, the fire firefighters managed to rescue the man, who was breathing with the help of an air tube his friends had managed to feed through the appliance, officials said.