The city firefighter injured in the Feb. 19 fire when a portion of a brick wall fell on him has taken the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city and a series of other agencies.
On May 17, an Albany law firm representing city firefighter T.G. Kolb and his wife, Andrea, filed a notice of a claim for personal injuries, medical expenses, loss of earnings and services, and other damages.
Claiming negligence, he named the city of Watertown, the city’s code enforcement, engineering and fire departments, the board of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District, the town of Watertown and its fire department, Jefferson County, the county’s fire coordinator and its Office of Fire and Emergency Management as defendants.
Watertown Daily Times
Town of Ulster police and fire investigators are trying to determine how and why a 33-year-old man died in a fire in the mobile home where he lived Wednesday morning, according to a press release.
The man’s identity had not been released as of Wednesday evening, pending notification of relatives.
Neighbors said the man lived alone and kept to himself. The grass in front of the mobile home on Station Road was uncut and a dark-colored Nissan Altima appeared not to have been moved recently.
A neighbor walking her dog shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday saw smoke coming from the trailer where the man lived. Her husband called 911 at 5:08 a.m. Efforts to arouse the man and get him out failed, neighbors said.
Police and firefighters were on the scene within minutes. They found the man and got him out and took him to Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley but he was pronounced dead there, according to a press release from the Town of Ulster Police Department.
Middletown Times Herald-Record
The state Senate Finance Committee approved an application from Columbia County for $1 million in funding to help pay for renovations to a building the county plans to use as a new fire training center.
The county negotiated a purchase agreement last July with Almstead Realty Company, Inc. to buy 9.7 acres, with a two-story, 1,100-square-foot building, at 50 Grandinetti Drive for $840,000, which is less than the original asking price of $935,000.
The property will be used for emergency management purposes including a training facility for firefighters and emergency technicians, a centralized location to store equipment and vehicles, and office space for the county fire coordinator.
The county applied for the money, which will come from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, through state Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-43.
Volunteer fire departments and their affiliates in Croton-on-Hudson and Eastchester are swimming in money, but figuring out what they’ve raised — and what they’ve spent it on — is proving difficult.
The Croton Fire Department is under criminal investigation for financial improprieties in its Fire Council while Eastchester fire officials continue their fight to unearth the whereabouts and use of millions of dollar in tax money held by its volunteer benevolent association.
Each department has thrown up roadblocks to disclosure. In Eastchester, the benevolent association's lawyer pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked to disclose certain tax documents. Another Eastchester volunteer official, who still hasn't fully replied to a Freedom of Information Law request, simply said he didn't know why he had taken so long to respond.
NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
Three out of four firefighters say they've experienced stress on the job that has left lingering emotional issues according to a national survey by the Firefighter's Union.
They say that stress leads to anger issues, relationship problems, and even thoughts of suicide.
In Syracuse, the most stress-filled firefight in years came in the deadly Fitch Street fire earlier this year.
Matt Mulcahy sat down with the firefighters on the scene that night to talk about what they experienced. They revealed the intensity of the effort to save lives and the challenge of moving past a firefight they will never forget.
WSTM-TV NBC3-CNY Central
A young girl in upstate New York who survived a fire that killed four of her family members five years ago is finally getting a chance to open some Christmas gifts.
A few million of them, in fact.
Safyre Terry was only five years old when she was badly burned in an arson fire in Schenectady that killed her father, sister and two brothers in May 2013, and her injuries from the blaze also caused the young girl to lose a portion of her right arm.
As she continued to recover from the tragic incident, Safyre's aunt created a touching Facebook post in December 2015 saying that all her niece wanted for Christmas was a greeting card, and the post quickly went viral.
Cards and gifts began pouring in from all over the world — Safyre even received a card from President Obama and his family — until the total reached roughly two million.