Iowa News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Council Bluffs fire captain retires among friends

Recently retired Council Bluffs Fire Department Capt. Pat Gregg had one word for an answer when asked what he planned on doing now that his work life was over: “Tequila.” After 22 years with the department — 25 years total as a medic and firefighter — Gregg signed off surrounded by friends and coworkers at the central fire station Monday. Gregg said the department has grown over his tenure, but despite the increase in numbers, some things remain the same. “The men and women are still dedicated to the community,” he said.
Council Bluffs Nonpareil

Rotarians recognize Council Bluffs law enforcement, firefighters with officer of year awards

The Council Bluffs Noon Rotary Club honored law enforcement officers and firefighters Thursday with Officer of the Year Awards for their dedicated service to the community. On hand for the ceremony were Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Weber who introduced Deputy Steven Maguire, the department’s honoree; Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody who introduced Detective Amber Kennedy, the police department’s honoree; and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bishop who was introduced by Council Bluffs Fire Chief Justin James.
Council Bluffs Nonpareil

Monday, May 22, 2017

Council Bluffs Fire Department dedicates tower for 140-year-old bell

Dong. A drizzling rain and grey winds couldn’t put a damper on the Council Bluffs Fire Department celebrating the completion of the historic bell tower at the central station Friday afternoon, capped with loud ringing the bell. Hundreds turned out to mark the occasion at 200 South Fourth St. as the colors were presented and the national anthem was sung. Food and drinks were enjoyed in the shelter of the station. Numerous local and state officials were present to mark the occasion as Fire Chief Justin James thanked an extensive list of benefactors who helped make the department’s dream of the bell tower a reality.
Council Bluffs Nonpareil

Argyle fire department gets $34K equipment grant

The Des Moines Township Fire Department in Argyle will receive $34,048 in funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. The funding will be used to purchase personal protective equipment including trousers, boots and jackets, according to a news release Friday from U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa. Fire Chief Jason Newberry said the department has been working to obtain assistance for quite some time, and partnered with a grantwriter in Pennsylvania when applying.
Keokuk Daily Gate City

New bill sparks discussion in Le Mars

The Fourth of July in Le Mars will come with extra flare this year. A new fireworks law was recently signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad, and Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper was before the Le Mars City Council at its May 16 meeting to explain what the law means for the city. “The two things the new law affects are sales and discharging. Cities can’t do anything about the sales as far as saying people can’t sell them,” Schipper said.
LeMars Daily Sentinel

Preliminary Hearing Monday for Accused Cedar Bridge Arsonist

VIDEO: A preliminary court hearing will be held on Monday for one of the three people accused of burning down the Cedar Bridge last month. Alivia Bergmann, 19, is charged with second degree arson and criminal mischief. Her hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Police arrested Bergmann in South Carolina, where she was attending basic training. Investigators say she left one day after burning the historic bridge. Seventeen-year-old Alex Hoff and 18-year-old Joel Davis are also charged in the case. Davis has pled not guilty.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

Cause of massive Marshalltown Apartment Fire Undetermined

VIDEO: Marshalltown authorities say they'll never know what caused a massive fire at an apartment complex two weeks ago. The Villager apartment building caught fire late on the evening of May 5th. Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to save the building. On Friday, they announced there is no way to tell how or where the fire started, and the cause will now be listed as undetermined.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

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