VIDEO: Many of us remember where we were or what we were doing on Sept. 11.
But most children today have no memory of the tragedies that happened in 2001. The Leman Academy of Excellence is making sure children understand the sacrifice first responders made that day.
In a gym, students sat quietly with their eyes glued to a stage on Wednesday. It was similar to how we all sat in front of our TVs 18 years ago when America was attacked.
After the assembly, the students had the chance to meet with and get autographs from first responders.
“We come out in solidarity with those that we’ve lost as well as all those who continue to be on the job,” said J.R. Colby, a paramedic at Golder Ranch Fire and father to a Leman student.
His son was wearing his firefighter helmet as he collected signatures. In 2001, many other helmets were worn.
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According to local first responders, approximately 70% of discharged patients wind up back in the hospital within 30 days of their release.
Now, Peoria first responders and others throughout the West Valley are working together to combat this high statistic.
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department was recently awarded a $175,000 grant to facilitate a one-year community paramedicine pilot program with fire departments from the cities of Goodyear and Surprise. The Peoria City Council unanimously approved the agreement at a September 3 regular meeting, with Goodyear and Surprise council members slated to approve their measures later this month. Assuming no logistical challenges arise, the program should take effect Monday, September 30, Peoria spokeswoman Kristina Perez said.
VIDEO: About 30 first responders were honored by the Rotary Club of Tucson on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The honor was done not only to remember the events of that fateful day but also to show appreciation for the services first responders provide to the community on a daily basis.
It’s been 18 years since the attack on the World Trade Center and there’s been concern that as time passes, emotions wane giving way to a tendency to forget the sacrifices made by the 412 first responders who died.
The Rotary Club of Tucson wants the community to know it won’t forget.
The first responders were led into the luncheon by the sound of bagpipes and each sat at a table in a white draped chair reserved for them, an opportunity for the members to learn about what they do and a chance to thank them for their service.
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Officials say a wildfire that burned through a northern Arizona mountain pass near Flagstaff was likely started by a spark from a piece of heavy equipment striking a rock during a forest-thinning project.
Coconino National Forest officials say an excavator was being used on a steep slope and that "the resulting spark" created a heat source that stayed underground for a half-day until warm, dry and windy conditions caused the fire to grow and spread on July 21.
Officials said the fire's start was not caused by negligence "and that all proper inspections were conducted."
The fire was declared fully contained Aug. 15 after burning three square miles (seven square kilometers).
Officials have said fighting the fire and dealing with its aftermath was expected to cost over $13 million.
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With two signatures Tuesday night, it became official — the town of Duncan is now part of the Duncan Valley Rural Fire District approved by the annexation of the Town of Duncan into the district.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said district board chairman Charles Billinglsey. “I’ve been with the Fire Department since November 1975, and I’ve seen them try and try and try. I’m glad to see it finally happen.”
The Citizens For Rural Fire Protection ad hoc committee was tasked with obtaining signatures of approval of 50 percent plus one of property owners within the area to be annexed, with a minimum of 50 percent plus one of the valuation of that property.
Committee members gathered 221 valid signatures — with another 12 found to be invalid — with property assessed at a valuation $1.09 million.
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