Sioux City Fire Rescue has been honored for its outstanding work in the community.
On Tuesday, at Fire Station 4, the group was presented with the Legacy Award from the Iowa Donor Network.
Chief Tom Everett and Lead Medic Liz Ford accepted the honor on behalf of the department for their hard work in consistently reporting out of hospital referrals, and for spreading the word on tissue donation.
A partnership between the two groups began in 2018 to promote organ and tissue donation throughout the community.
Iowa has 77% of people registered as donors. The national average is 58%.
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Current DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Davison said he would not resubmit his name for the position.
Davison has served in the role for the past four years. He said he will remain a fire fighter.
Beginning July 1, Scott Besst will take over as the department’s chief. Justin Atkinson will serve as first assistant chief, and Bryan Herington as second assistant chief.
Davison also reported the department, as of June 10, has responded to 93 calls this year. That total marks a downturn from last fiscal year when the volunteers responded to 136 calls.
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Authorities say a fire at a home in Morningside is being investigated for arson.
The fire was reported just after 4:30 p.m. on Peters Ave., near the South Lakeport intersection.
Firefighters say there was no one in the home at the time of the fire and that's part of what made them suspicious about its nature.
"Upon further investigation, it looks like we have an arson fire and we have some investigators on the way," says Dan Cougill, Assistant Fire Chief of Sioux City. "The home is unoccupied and it's for sale. Some minor renovation going on, but there is little damage in the home and the fire appears to be deliberately set."
No one was hurt in the fire.
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VIDEO: City officials said on Tuesday that it will be offering additional opportunities for people to play in the water this summer in select locations.
The city, in coordination with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, will turn on fire hydrants for one to two hours at its stops for the Rollin’ Recmobile. These events will be if the temperature is above 80 degrees and no adverse weather in the area.
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Theft, arson, and burglary convictions add up to 10 years in prison for a North Iowa man.
Nathaniel Elmer Pope, 37 of Mason City, was first accused of setting a Mason City garage on fire in September 2018. He was then arrested for burglarizing Newman Catholic school in March 2020. Pope pleaded guilty to 3rd degree arson, 3rd degree burglary, and 1st degree theft.
Pope has been sentenced to two years in prison for the arson, five years for the burglary, and 10 years for the theft. He’ll serve those sentence all at the same time.
Eric Scott Francis, 50 of Mason City, was accused along with Pope of stealing $17,000 worth of equipment from Newman Catholic school. He has pleaded not guilty to 1st degree theft, 3rd degree burglary, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. Francis’ trial is scheduled to begin on September 22.
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