Firefighter Robert Alexander always followed in his father’s footsteps — even in death.
The 43-year-old — who worked on FDNY fire boats — died Monday of a brain tumor stemming from his time at Ground Zero.
For Alexander, succumbing to a 9/11 illness is a heartbreaking family affair — a year earlier, his father Lt. Raymond Alexander, died of cancers linked to his time on the pile, FDNY sources said.
"World Trade Center illnesses continue to take the lives of far too many FDNY members, now including two generations of the Alexander family — a father and son who served so bravely, for so long,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Wednesday.
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An independent investigator has determined that the fire department suffers from a fractured leadership team and perceptions of racism and favoritism that are worsened by the "racial insensitivity" of Chief Thomas Ronalter.
The monthslong review did not document racism in hiring or discipline, but concluded "it is not unreasonable that a minority firefighter could perceive the existence of racial bias." The report by the DCB Law Group and the city's personnel office indicated widespread morale trouble at the department.
"There is a strong and compelling perception amongst the overall membership of the NBFD that the administrative leadership ... is deficient and dysfunctional, mired by a lack of consistent affirmative communication, unfair treatment and favoritism," the report said.
After more than 30 hours, the massive air and sea search continues for five missing soldiers who were on board an Army chopper that crashed late Tuesday off Oahu. Rescuers are focusing their efforts on a debris field that's three to five miles offshore.
"This is still a search and rescue mission. We are here to bring our soldiers home," said Lt Col. Curtis Kellogg, public affairs officer with the 25th Infantry Division, in a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. "As we do this work, the soldiers and their families are on the forefront of our minds."
The military has confirmed that the five who were on board the helicopter when it went down about two miles west of Kaena Point are active duty soldiers — two pilots and three crewmembers — out of Wheeler Army Airfield's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. Their identities have not yet been released.
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Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones chose someone many feel can unite the fire department which has been engulfed in controversy for years.
Deputy Chief Pete Key Key joined the Charlotte Fire Department as a firefighter in 1977 and now 40 years later, he’s in charge of its more than 1,200 employees and protecting more than 840,000 citizens. The selection signals a restart for the fire department, which has been dealing with a series of controversies.
Sources said Fire Chief Jon Hannan announced his retirement because his job was in jeopardy due to extremely low morale and the handling of the Crystal Eschert trial.
Eschert was recently awarded $1.5 million from a jury that found the city fired her in retaliation for being a whistleblower about a Charlotte fire building.
Firefighters at Engine Company 27 in Northeast D.C.'s Deanwood neighborhood are sounding the alarm about what they are calling dirty and deplorable conditions at their fire station.
In the District, fire personnel work in 24-hour shifts and then have 72 hours off. During their work shift, these firefighters live, eat and sleep at the firehouse, and these conditions are nothing new to them and have been going on for years, they say.
FOX 5 received an email with photos from concerned citizen that were taken inside the fire station showing trash bags being placed over windows used to keep the heat in the winter, mold issues, sagging ceiling tiles, flooded storm drains and rodent issues.