One firefighter was killed and four other firefighters were injured while battling a house fire Monday evening in Lawrenceburg.
Multiple fire departments from across the region began fighting the fire around 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Hood Lakes Road.
The home collapsed and a county-wide mayday protocol was established, meaning a firefighter is in danger or injured, just before 8 p.m.
Three firefighters were trapped inside the collapsed home and air was fed into the structure until they were rescued at 8:09 p.m.
The fallen firefighter was identified as 11-year veteran of the department, 38-year-old Jason Dickey.
The two trapped firefighters and two others were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center. Two have been released, one is expected to be released later Tuesday and a Captain remains in critical condition.
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It's long past midnight in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and firefighter Mark Merrell of Engine 255 is explaining to me why medals aren't important and being called a hero doesn't matter all that much.
"What you try to achieve is for somebody to say, 'you're a good fireman.' That's probably the biggest compliment you can get," he says. "And that don't come easy."
The firehouse kitchen erupts in laughter. Mark smiles, because it's a tough crowd and he knows I know that. But I'm spending twenty-four hours with the firefighters of Engine Company 255 and Ladder Company 157 -- one of the busiest firehouses in New York - and I'm ready for pretty much anything.
Horry County firefighters are leaving and moving to other departments like Myrtle Beach with complaints of too much overtime and low pay, according to Rob Mullaney, president of the Horry County chapter of the International Association of Firefighters.
“A lot of the problems are staffing,” he said. “Our turnover rate is ridiculous and you’re losing a lot of mid-level and senior guys to departments, starting over at departments because the benefits are better, the pay is better, the longevity with the pay is better.”
In January, the county fire department changed its mandatory overtime rules, breaking down the overtime lists by personnel type instead of relying on one list with all different types of personnel to fill each vacancy that comes up.
In an interview with JET 24 Roger Gilbert Junior confirms that he has officially resigned as Fire Chief of the Spartansburg Fire Department.
Gilbert says he has been a Spartansburg volunteer firemen for 25 years, starting as a junior fireman. He spent five years as assistant chief, before being elected chief a year ago.
In 2001, Gilbert pled no contest on charges of sexual assault on a four-year-old girl. Gilbert served his sentence. He said since his release he has had the full support of the Spartansburg Fire Department and the community. But, after recent reports in The Corry Journal were picked up by wire services and reported throughout the country, his family began to get death threats.
Samuel Eaton isn’t afraid of many things.
A battalion chief for the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the 52-year-old has made a career of charging into burning buildings and coming out in one piece.
But thinking toward his upcoming birthday, he’ll tell you he’s deeply concerned. Eaton lost one of his best friends, a retired fire captain in the department, last year at 53. After two decades on the force, it wasn’t a house fire or a collapsed lung that eventually killed Butch Smith. It was cancer, an invisible killer that stalks victims for years before revealing itself, often contracted by firefighters through microscopic carcinogens that latch onto fire gear or their skin.