One firefighter was killed and several other people, including police officers, firefighters and civilians were injured in an explosion in Sun Prairie Tuesday night.
The explosion happened at 7:05 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol streets after police said they were called to the area around 6:20 p.m. for complaints of the smell of gas.
Construction was happening near the evacuation site, according to police. Officials with WE Energies said they were made aware of an independent contractor hitting a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie. In addition to the firefighter who was killed, one police officer was taken to the hospital and released; seven civilians were taken to the hospital and released; and six firefighters were taken to the hospital, four with minor injuries and one who is in stable condition.
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Joe Pfeifer had a date in mind for retiring from the job he has done for 37 years. It would be the second Wednesday after Labor Day. After schools were back. Sept. 12.
He could hardly wait.
Then he decided, no, he wouldn’t delay.
“Do some sailing,” he said. “Decompress.”
So this will be his last week with the Fire Department, retiring as an assistant chief from the agency where he started as a 25-year-old from Queens in 1981. Now 62 and a grandfather, he still lives in Queens — and is still fit enough to scale 30 stories of the Eiffel Tower and then rappel down it, as he did in an exercise last month with a French hostage rescue team.
He was the first chief through the doors of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and he set up a command post in the north tower lobby. His brother Kevin, a lieutenant, checked in with him, on his way to join 343 firefighters who did not come back.
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President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to set up a national registry for firefighters to help track links between exposure to fumes and cancer.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set up a database in order to study possible links between cancer and the fumes and toxins firefighters are exposed to.
The idea is use the information to develop better equipment and other techniques to protect firefighters from cancer-causing chemicals.
"The brave men and women of the fire services who put their lives on the line for us each day deserve every ounce of support," said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., who sponsored the bill in the House. "Passing this bipartisan bill into law is Congress's way of having their backs."
A Hillsborough County firefighter was flown to the hospital as a trauma alert after falling out of his fire truck, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Hillsborough Fire Rescue says that around 5:28 p.m. Tuesday, they received a radio alert that one of their own was injured. Eric Seidel with Hillsborough Fire Rescue says the firefighter left HCFR Station 28 at 4551 Sun City Center Boulevard and was in the process of responding to the scene of a fire when he received the injuries.
"We are assuming all protocol was followed," Seidel said when asked whether or not the firefighter was wearing his seatbelt.
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About 20 ranking officers at Harford County volunteer fire stations lost those ranks after failing to submit new required certifications July 1.
Roughly 200 officers completed their certifications on time, said Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association. He declined to release the names of those who did not qualify. The certifications requirement was first announced five years ago, touted as an effort to make training at the departments more uniform. The firefighters who did not submit their certifications can still respond to calls, but cannot hold ranks such as chief, captain or lieutenant until they qualify under the new standards, Gardiner said.