When Alexander Bingham graduated from the Houston firefighter training academy in 2016, one of his classmates was missing.
Steven Whitfield, a cadet in Bingham's class, had perished in a training accident in March 2016 and would not graduate alongside those who had become his brothers.
Bingham and his classmates still mourn Whitfield's death, but on Saturday, Bingham said, he felt uplifted by the celebration honoring Whitfield and 189 other firefighters during this year's Fallen Fire Fighter's Memorial ceremony in Memorial Park. "It means a whole lot to our class, not just me, to be here when they put his name on the wall," Bingham said.
Colorado Springs Gazette
The city of Trenton has approval to layoff 64 firefighters who are currently being funded by a federal grant that runs out at the end of October, according to a plan approved by the state.
The layoffs are set to occur Nov. 1, 2017, and affected firefighters would need to be officially notified no later than Saturday, Sept. 16 to comply with state 45-day notification rule, the plan says.
City spokesman Michael Walker said late Friday that the city will start official notifications on Monday, due to the late hour the city was notified Friday evening that the plan had been approved.
NJ Advance Media obtained the approval plan from the state Civil Service Commission via the state's Open Public Records Act.
Alarms were ringing inside a dormitory at UConn in the early morning of October 16, 2016, and as firefighter Dana Barrow began driving out of a firehouse garage, the right front tire of his Chevy Tahoe bumped into something, bringing the SUV to a sudden stop. One second passed.
And then Barrow, focused on a possible fire emergency, pressed the gas pedal, inching the 7,130-pound vehicle over the obstruction blocking his way.
That decision would come to haunt Barrow and devastate the family of Jeffny Pally, a UConn student who had fallen unconscious in front of the garage bay and suffered fatal injuries when she was crushed by Barrow's SUV.
Santa Cruz firefighter Clayton Ogden died, at age 47, after a short bout with cancer this summer.
This week, Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley posthumously awarded Ogden the Medal of Valor for his involvement in protecting a civilian during the fatal Feb. 26, 2013 shootout that left two Santa Cruz police officers dead. Ogden used his own body as a shield against passing gunfire when a woman attempting to take cover fell between the responding officers and alleged killer Jeremy Goulet.
A plaque memorializing Ogden was also placed on the outer wall of the downtown Center Street fire station. Ogden was hired in 1999 and was the fire department’s most senior firefighter.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
A former Cleveland firefighter has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming the department and city officials mishandled a complaint he filed following an altercation with two other firefighters last year.
Samuel Livingston, who was hired as a firefighter in 2000, is seeking an unspecified amount in damages accusing the department of reverse discrimination after an April 5, 2016 physical altercation with his coworkers June Colon and Larry Gray.
In the 54-page lawsuit, Livingston says he endured retaliation from city officials because he is white.
The lawsuit does not reveal Colon's ethnicity, but Gray, who served as the department's public information officer and has since retired, is black.
Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com