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CT Firefighter Receives 2016 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award 
Firefighter Jason Rivera, an 18-year veteran of the fire service and a member of the New Haven (CT) Fire Department, was awarded the 2016 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award at Wednesday’s Opening Session. Robert Biolchini, chairman of the board, PennWell Corp., presented the award. Fire Department of  New York Battalion Chiefs Joe and Chuck Downey, sons of Ray Downey; Ron Siarnicki, executive director, National Fallen Firefighter Foundation; Chief Ron Kanterman, National Fire Academy Alumni Association; and Bobby Halton, Fire Engineering editor in chief / FDIC education director, also members of the Selection Committee, participated in the ceremony.
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Illinois volunteer firefighter jumps into action to save woman's life 
Local Keith Mills left his engineering job at Boeing a little early on Jan. 8 en route back to his home in Marine. He wanted to stop and get a haircut. He also needed gas. It was around 2:30 p.m., and he decided to stop at a station in Missouri to take advantage of the cheaper price. As he was pumping gas, he glanced over and saw Michelle Clark, 57, of Fairmont City, Ill., walking out of the convenience shop. March.
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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Massive Marina Fire - Portland Fire & Rescue (OR) responded to a commercial alarm at a marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a "defensive" fire attack was employed.
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