North Dakota News

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obituary: Roger C. Loerch, former Harvey Fire Chief

Roger Loerch, 80 of Harvey, ND died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the St. Aloisius Hospital, Harvey.Funeral services will be held at the First Lutheran Church, Harvey on Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m.Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey. Roger was a 51 year member, training officer and Past Fire Chief of the Harvey City Fire Department. He served as President of the North Dakota Firefighters Association in 1988 and received the North Dakota Firefighter of the Year in 1989. In 2007 he was inducted into the North Dakota Firefighters Hall of Fame.

Deputy, 29, and suspect fatally shot after shootout in ND’s Rolette County, 3 other deputies on leave

Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery was fatally shot and three other deputies are on paid administrative leave after a vehicle chase turned deadly Wednesday, Jan. 18. Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud said Allery, 29, had been working with the department for about three months. He previously worked for the Rolla Police Department and as a tribal police officer before joining the Sheriff’s Department. Law enforcement received the call from OnStar at 6:10 p.m. stating the vehicle was reported stolen in Devils Lake, and GPS tracking showed it traveling toward Rolette County. The shooting on a rural gravel road near Belcourt was reported about 40 minutes later.

Jamestown Battle of the Badges: People volunteer to donate blood

More than 200 people volunteered to donate blood during the 2nd annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Jan. 5-7 at the Jamestown Civic Center in Jamestown. Blood drive coordinators Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger and Fire Chief Jim Reuther with Team Law and Team Fire, respectively, sponsored the blood drive. The three-day drive saw 212 people volunteer to donate blood and 178 were able to give. Sixty-two people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine that collects two units of red blood cells which resulted in 233 total products.
Jamestown Sun

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Column: 8 firefighter SAFER grant priorities

The goal of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and to assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies. With enhanced staffing levels, communities should experience a reduction in response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene. You can also make the argument that more on-scene staff saves individuals money by reducing the amount of time to contain the emergency — thus reducing the human or property damage. More staff also reduces the risk of death or injury to firefighters — thus reducing those associated costs to municipalities.

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