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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Central Park tree falls; mom, 3 kids hospitalized, FDNY says

A woman walking with her three young children in Central Park Tuesday morning was struck and pinned by a large tree. All four were taken to the hospital after the woman was freed around 10:10 a.m., the FDNY said. The family was treated at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, the NYPD said. The mother was pushing her boys, ages 4 and 2, in a stroller and carrying her infant son when the tree fell, officer Meghan O’Leary of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit said. The woman was hit in the head and was in and out of consciousness as the FDNY worked to remove the tree, FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said. After cutting some limbs off the tree to prevent it from rolling, firefighters were able to remove it from her about nine minutes after initially receiving the call, he said.

Firefighters still seeking justice 10 years after Deutsche Bank fire in Lower Manhattan

This week marks 10 years since the devastating fire in Lower Manhattan that killed two of New York's Bravest. A decade ago, a fire sparked by a worker's cigarette turned the condemned former Deutsche Bank building into an inferno of toxic smoke and flames that killed two firefighters and injured more than 100. "It's pitch black, choking acrid smoke, it was horrible," former FDNY Firefighter Steve Olsen said. Olsen was on the 15th floor wondering why it was taking so long for ground crews to get water up to the fire, but what he and the other firefighters didn't know was that the standpipe --which is the main source for water -- had been cut during the demolition work overseen by contractor Bovis Lend Lease. With no water, the fire raged out of control.

PD: Ex-Levittown firefighter falsified army deployment papers to receive pension credits

Former Levittown volunteer firefighter Raymond Nicholson gave papers to the department twice that said he'd been called to active duty with the army, prosecutors say. Those documents that said he had to report to Andrews Airforce Base and the World Trade Center weren't legitimate, officials say. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office says the active duty order allowed Nicholson, 34, to be exempt from meeting his fire call quota, yet still allowed him to earn time toward his pension. Prosecutors say the Levittown fire department contacted the army following a routine audit and when the army said that Nicholson had not been called to active duty on the dates he's alleged to have claimed, that's when the Levittown FD filed a complaint.
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Schenectady public safety boss Wayne Bennett dies at 71

Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who spent close to 50 years working in law enforcement, died of cancer Tuesday morning. He was 71. Family and colleagues remembered Bennett as a man of integrity and strength who cared for the people around him and helped stabilize the city and its law enforcement agencies during his decade at the helm of the city's police and fire departments. “He was very personable. He was someone who was very easy to like and talk to,” Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford said. “But at the same time, if you did something you weren’t supposed to, he held you accountable. For that reason, I think we’re better off than before he came.”
Schenectady Daily Gazette

Honorary Firefighter With Autism Honored For Heroic Action in Hauppauge

A 22-year-old honorary firefighter with autism was recently honored by the Hauppauge Fire Department for his quick actions in saving his family home from fire. Daniel Diana, who is an Honorary Member of Hauppauge Fire Department Engine Company 3, loves everything about firefighting and being a part of the fire department in any capacity possible. So when a fire recently broke out at his home, he sprung into action. The fire started when Daniel's grandparents were over for a visit and his mom, Dina Diana was cooking bacon on a BBQ grille on the back porch. The grease from the bacon caught fire and started a large fire with flames five-feet high that were impinging on a canopy over the porch.
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Johnson City firefighters work out new contract with Village

Johnson City's Village Board and Firefighters reached an agreement that concludes an extended contract negotiation between the two parties. Johnson City's Village Board voted in favor of the contract years of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2021. It had been six years since the Johnson City Firefighters were under a contract agreement. The contract includes an agreement to four-year wage freeze from 2011-12 through fiscal year 2014-15. A salary increase of 2 percent for 2015-16 and 2016-17; and a 2.125 percent annual salary increase for four years beginning in fiscal 2017-18. Under agreement, the fire fighters also agreed to contribute an extra 2.5% in health insurance premiums, helping save the village approximately $12,000 per year.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cutchogue Fire Department Mourns Beloved Former Chief

Hearts are broken on the North Fork as the many who loved him are mourning the loss of Cutchogue Fire Department Commissioner and former Chief Andrew McCaffery, who died Saturday. The Cutchogue Fire Department released a heartfelt obituary, which follows in its entirety. "It is with deep regret that the Chiefs of Cutchogue Fire Dept. announce that 24 Year Member, Commissioner, Ex-Chief Andrew McCaffery has answered his last alarm. "Andrew passed away last evening, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 41 years old. "Drew also served as Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator, and was the current President of the Suffolk County Parade and Drill Team Captains Association.
North Fork

Heated Emails Exchanged In Impasse Between Watertown Firefighters, City

Find a new response model; one that works with fewer captains. That was the order from Watertown City Manager Sharon Addison to Fire Chief Dale Herman after eight fire captains were demoted to save money. But firefighters didn't like the result. Battalion Chief Tim Wiley emailed Addison that none of them support it and "this plan has been hatched to try to win an argument in court." That's a reference to legal battles between city hall and the firefighter's union. The city manager emailed him back blaming Chief Herman for a plan that failed to get firefighter support: "I relied on the chief's expertise and knowledge" and "now I am questioning his abilities and motives," she wrote. But Chief Herman says he came up with three options on Addison's orders but did not support any of them.
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FDNY denies petition to add honor to fallen Bronx EMT’s legacy

The city fire department Monday denied a petition to posthumously promote a Bronx EMT who was killed in the line of duty in March. An FDNY spokesperson said Yadira Arroyo was not on a civil service promotional list at the time she died, and no other "legal or administrative process" exists for her posthumous promotion. The 44-year-old died March 16 while she responded to a 911 call. Police said Jose Gonzalez, 25, stole Arroyo's ambulance that day and ran her over. He is being charged with murder and robbery. He allegedly took the vehicle to get away from a robbery he had just committed. Arroyo was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, and had five children. A Brooklyn resident made the request to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro to promote Arroyo through the petition website More than 9,000 people had signed the petition online as of Monday night.

Jefferson: Man rescued after being trapped in collapsed mobile home for over an hour

A man is recovering in the hospital after being trapped under a collapsed single-wide trailer for more than an hour Monday night. The Jefferson Fire Department responded just before 11:00 p.m. Monday to a building collapse with entrapment. Jefferson Fire Chief William Bivona took command of the scene and confirmed that a young adult man was trapped under what was once a single wide trailer. Schoharie County Search and Rescue, Middleburg, Central Bridge, and Stamford (Delaware County) fire departments also responded to the scene with various heavy rescue equipment. Fire crews were able to rescue the man from the rubble just over an hour after the initial call. He was flown to Albany Medical Center. Officials were not able to confirm the victim’s condition at this time.
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2 Suffer Electric Shock, Hundreds Without Power In Dyker Heights

Two people have suffered electric shock and hundreds are without power in Brooklyn. It happened around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at 83rd Street between 10th and 11th avenues in Dyker Heights. The two people were coming out of a home when they were shocked, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported. FDNY officials are speculating that a transformer explosion may have led to downed power lines. The FDNY said the two were taken to Lutheran Hospital, but their conditions are not known. About 700 customers are also without power in about a five-block radius. Con Edison crews are on scene making repairs.
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