New York News

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Brooklyn: Fearing Explosion, Subway Conductor Quickly Evacuates Train As Passenger Pours Gasoline Inside

A fast-acting subway conductor rushed to evacuate his train at a subway stop in Brooklyn when he spotted someone pouring gasoline all over the train floor and feared an explosion. Conductor Benjamin Schaeffer said when his train pulled into the 36th Street station in Sunset Park on Sunday, passengers approached him, telling him they saw someone spilling gasoline on the floor of the train. "I opened the door, and fumes -- gasoline fumes just hit me in the face," conductor Benjamin Schaeffer told News 4 New York in an exclusive interview Tuesday. The veteran conductor with 21 years on the job quickly ordered an evacuation, fearing a fire or an explosion: "I had to act fast." "I told everyone just, 'Get outta the car,'" he said. "No pleasantries. No courtesy. It's an emergency situation, just get outta the car."

Oneonta Town Fire Commission meets as dissolution looms

The Oneonta Town Fire Commission held a controversial budget hearing Tuesday with the future of the commission itself in doubt. There has been a stalemate in negotiations between the town, city and commission for more than a year that culminated in the commission voting to dissolve in a 3-2 vote in September. Chairwoman Johna Peachin and commissioners Ron Peters and Fernando “Fred” Volpe voted in favor of dissolution. Commissioners Michelle Catan and Alan Rubin voted against the dissolution. The vote prompted the town to bring a lawsuit against the commission in order to keep it operating until Dec. 31, 2019. Town of Oneonta Supervisor Robert Wood said the town is hoping the court will rule in favor of the Town of Oneonta so that it can develop its own fire district. The court date is set for Thursday. Uncertainty loomed over Tuesday's meeting because of the upcoming court date.
Oneonta Daily Star

Ogdensburg man jailed on charges connected to domestic assault and threatening firefighters

City police on Tuesday charged Christopher M. Sharland, 36, of 715 Riverside Ave., with first-degree coercion, second-degree strangulation and first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies, and the misdemeanors of third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, second-degree reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He was also issued unspecified traffic tickets. Police charge on Oct. 11 in the parking lot of the Ogdensburg Fire Department, Mr. Sharland threatened firefighters and attempted to ram the fire station with his vehicle, then left the fire department upon patrols’ arrival. Following a traffic stop, Mr. Sharland fled on foot and was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit, police said.
Watertown Daily Times

Buffalo firefighters battle house fires on city’s east side

Buffalo Firefighters are investigating after a triple house fire on the city's east side. The original call came in around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a house fire on French Street, but the fire was actually on Box Avenue. When crews arrived to Box Avenue, one house was fully engulfed, one had flames coming from the roof and the other was exposed to the flames. The fire was put out within an hour. All three homes were occupied and everyone managed to get out safely. Red Cross is assisting the occupants. One home was a total loss. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WGRZ-TV Channel 2

East Williston firefighters to be honored

Seven firefighters from the East Williston Fire Department will be honored next week for aiding a resident in 2017. Firefighters from the department and other regional emergency medical services will receive awards for their service at the Nassau Regional EMS Council Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The East Williston Fire Department also recognized the rescue as its ambulance call of the year at the annual awards dinner in April. Department Chief Patrick Theodore and Jonathan Viola are being named the Basic Life Support Provider of the Year. “It’s an honor to be recognized,” Theodore said. “Everybody did a great job that day and it was a phenomenal team effort.” David Black, Vincent Delgatto, Nicholas DiPasquale, Kevin O’Donnell and Cesar Romero have also received honorable mention for the award.
The Island Now

Early morning fire destroys log cabin in Hadley

A log cabin on Milart Drive was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning, but no injuries were reported. Luzerne-Hadley firefighters were initially called out around 4 a.m. Tuesday for a structure fire at a home of 42 Milart Drive. The road is off Route 9N, near the Hudson River, and access was initially blocked by a downed tree on the driveway, according to the Luzerne-Hadley Fire Department. The fire tore through the structure, leaving little but charred walls and sections of roof, and it was reported to have rekindled around 12:15 p.m. The cause was under investigation by Saratoga County fire investigators later Tuesday. Firefighters from Bay Ridge, Corinth and West Glens Falls fire departments provided mutual aid.
Glens Falls Post-Star

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Retired FDNY firefighter, a founding member of FDNY pipe band, dies at 84

Retired firefighter James Ginty, one of the founding members of the FDNY pipe band, died in his Long Island home Monday. He was 84 years old. Ginty, a Smithtown resident who served in the Marines during the Korean War, was a 34-year FDNY veteran and worked in Ladder 42 in the Bronx. The father of six founded the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums with his childhood friend Jim Corcoran, in 1962. “Jimmy was a legend of the FDNY and his presence will be missed greatly by the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums,” the band wrote on its Facebook page Monday. Ginty’s wake will be held at the St. James Funeral Home in St. James, N.Y. on Wednesday and Thursday, with a funeral at St. Phillips and James Church in St. James Friday morning.
New York Daily News

Update: Arrest made after firefighter falls from ladder during fire in Bronx marijuana grow house

A man has been arrested after a firefighter was seriously injured during a fire in a marijuana grow house in the Bronx on Sunday night. The fire started shortly before 9 p.m. on the third floor of the building on 1656 Mayflower Avenue in Pelham Bay. The fire was in the cockloft, the area between the ceiling and the roof, but investigators will be looking at the grow house on the third floor. Firefighter Thomas J. Corcoran was attempting to get to the roof to fight the flames when he fell 30 feet off an extension ladder, striking the pavement below. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro reported Corcoran was in serious but stable condition and was conscious after the fall. Corcoran, who is a married father of three with 12 years of experience, underwent surgery at Jacobi Hospital on Monday after suffering multiple broken bones.

Former FDNY pension big pleads guilty to DWI

Former FDNY union head Stephen Cassidy pleaded guilty Friday to driving while intoxicated after slamming into a dumpster in Midtown earlier this year. Cassidy, 62, was sentenced to do a DWI prevention program, a victim impact program and was ordered to get an ignition interlock device on any car he is to drive for the next year. His license was also suspended for a year. His attorney James Kilduff told Judge Judge David Frey that “at this point (Cassidy) does not own any vehicles.” The former FDNY pension boss lost control of a city car, jumped the curb and crashed into the massive metal trash bin on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. shortly before midnight on May 8. He narrowly avoided hitting two pedestrians, officials said at the time. Witness Jakob Grabel watched an incoherent Cassidy lurch from his car and collapse to the ground after the accident.
New York Daily News

Family mourns retired FDNY EMT who died of 9/11-related cancer

An FDNY medic who labored at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks has died, officials said. Emergency Medical Technician Felipe Torre , 54, succumbed to Ground Zero-related gall bladder cancer Wednesday at his brother’s house in Inwood, N.Y. where he was under hospice care, the FDNY and his family said. Torre joined the department on Nov. 10, 1986 and retired on Aug. 13, 2017 after 31 years of service. He was last assigned to the EMS Academy where he trained hundreds of EMTs, paramedics and firefighters in life saving techniques. “He was such a hard worker,” said his brother Vinicio Torre, 56, who did 27 years as a paramedic before retiring. “He loved the streets. He loved training. He was not only sympathetic with the victims, but he quickly developed a rapport with their families. He was a great caregiver who loved his job and left a last legacy.”
New York Daily News

Senator Jacobs delivers $25,000 to support paramedics, fire services in Tonawanda

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs went to the Town of Tonawanda Fire Training Tower today to announce he has secured $25,000 in state funding to support critical emergency services in the Town of Tonawanda. The public protection dollars being delivered by Jacobs will support emergency medical services, specifically the paramedic unit, and the volunteer fire services. "Town of Tonawanda residents are blessed to live in the only municipality in Western New York that has its own paramedic unit, and they are very well served by the dedicated volunteer firefighters throughout the town," Jacobs said. "One of the primary responsibilities of state government is to help ensure the safety and security of every New Yorker, and I know the paramedics and firefighters will put these dollars to good use."
Niagara Frontier Publications

Firefighter suffers burns in Sodus fire

A firefighter is recovering after being burned while fighting a fire at multi-family residence in Sodus Monday. Crews were dispatched to West Main Street in Sodus around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Firefighters say this started as a grease fire that spread into a wall. No residents of the building were hurt. In all, four companies were called to the scene to fight the fire. Two other companies were put on standby. Three families are being helped by the American Red Cross after they were displaced - four adults and three children.

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