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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sergeant awarded Citizen Life Saver Award for quick response by Sioux City Fire Rescue

The Citizen Life Saver Award was given out Tuesday afternoon by Sioux City Fire Rescue. Sgt. Doug Boetger of the Woodbury County Sherriff`s Office received the honor for his actions while responding to a seizure at Perkins on June 21. The fire department said when they arrived at the Gordon Drive restaurant, Boetger was already performing C.P.R. Boetger said it’s a skill that more people can benefit from learning. “I hope that the public takes C.P.R. classes and realizes that you don’t have to be a firefighter or police officer permit to do this. This is stuff that everybody can learn and it might be your relative that you’re having a conversation with or dinner with when they get stricken,” said Sgt. Boetger. The patient regained a pulse while en-route to the hospital. The fire department credits the quick actions taken by Sgt. Boetger.
KCAU-TV ABC 9 Sioux City

Man who crashed stolen tanker truck into Waterloo home sentenced to 10 years

A man was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in for hijacking and crashing a fuel tanker truck into a Waterloo home in August of 2020. The Black Hawk County Attorney's Office says 26-year-old Dakota Luck was sentenced for First Degree Theft of over $10,000, Reckless use of fire or explosives, Possession of marijuana, and Reckless driving. Luck pleaded guilty to stealing and crashing the truck in July after he was arrested and charged last year for the crash that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and forced neighbors to evacuate from their homes. On August 20, 2020, Luck crashed a semi into a ditch at Kwik Trip's fuel blending facility on Ridgeway Ave, where he was an employee. Records stated that he was acting erratically, shed his clothing, and was running around.
KWWL-TV NBC 7 Waterloo

Brighton Fire Department Hosting Fundraiser Breakfast

The Brighton Volunteer Fire Department is firing up the kitchen for their annual breakfast event. This Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. the public is invited to the Brighton Community Room for a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for the fire department. Items on the menu include pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, milk, juice and coffee. Brighton Fire Chief Bill Farmer says that the money raised will go towards the department fund to purchase equipment when necessary, “Just like every fire department you always have little things that you’re wanting. This way it doesn’t take money out of the budget. If we come up with say $1,000 and we need extra gloves or something like that, we can buy that instead of taking it out of our regular fire budget.”
KCII AM-1380 & FM-106.1 Washington

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Sheldon Fire Company Responds to Assisted Living Center Report

The Sheldon Fire Company responded to a report at the Fieldcrest Assisted Living Center Monday evening. Assistant Sheldon Fire Chief Brad Hindt says the fire was put out by employees when they arrived, but there was still smoke in the building. Upon arrival, firefighters used a pressure fan to help in removing the rest of the smoke. The apartment received minor damage. The fire was caused by a burner on the stove accidentally getting turned on. Firefighters were on the scene for an hour. No injuries were reported.
KICD-AM 1240 Sheldon

Buffalo Center fire chief Brian Blodgett loves the ’science of fire’

Buffalo Center Fire Chief Brian Blodgett, a former physics and chemistry teacher, said one of the reasons he joined the department is “the science of fire is interesting to me.” “That’s what’s neat about the fire department,” he said. “I get to have a practical usage of my science degree.” Blodgett, whose stepfather was a firefighter in Callendar, joined the Buffalo Center volunteer fire department in 1995 while he was still teaching in the North Iowa Community School District. He now runs his own business, Next Generation Technologies. He has been the Buffalo Center fire chief for the past dozen years or so. “It’s a wonderful group of people to be with,” he said. What Blodgett likes best about being a firefighter is the relationships he has developed with the other members of the department, who come from all walks of life.
Mason City Globe-Gazette - Metered Site

Fire destroys semi in Shenandoah

Shenandoah's Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were sent to Shenandoah's Green Plains ethanol plant at around 3:25 a.m. on a report of a semi on fire. Fire officials say the cause of the fire is undetermined. Crews were at the scene for more than an hour. No injuries were reported.
KMA AM-960 & FM-99.1 Shenandoah

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