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.
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.
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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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.”
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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'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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