VIDEO: The Nebraska Firefighters Museum hosted their annual Fallen Firefighters/EMS Memorial Service honoring Nebraska firefighters and EMS on Sunday.
This year the ceremony honored 72 Nebraska firefighters and EMS who died in 2019 and 2020.
Community members and family members of the fallen heroes are invited to the memorial that happens every year in September.
President of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Patrick Moore said events honoring the fallen are extremely important.
“They get out of bed at all hours in the night, all at different times, they leave, and you should be nice sleepy, and comfortable, here are the volunteer firefighters going off running," said Moore.
According to Moore, there are 237 fire departments in the state, and only 18 of them pay a partial salary. The other 98.6% are all volunteer services.
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VIDEO: After nearly 70 years as a volunteer department, Irvington Fire, just outside Omaha, officially opened and dedicated its second station. "In 2008, we had a vision that the county keeps moving this direction, so we thought we would build a satellite fire station so we can help serve the people on this end of our district," says Rescue Captain Tom Townsend on Sunday morning to a crowd of several dozen. "For me, it's continuing on what our charter members did in 1952, there were 24 members that started the volunteer fire department, and basically built what it is up to this point," says Chief Nolan Paulsen. "We're just trying to continue on what they did for their community, that they saw the needs that were needed for fire and EMS." But, this is just phase one for the station.
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Norfolk Fire & Rescue was dispatched in the early morning hours to the 500 block of Pierce St. in Norfolk for a house that was on fire.
Once on scene, first responders saw flames coming from the garage, and heave smoke coming from the rear of the house.
Officials say that approximately 24 firefighters using seven rigs were able to get the fire under control in 30 minutes. They then took another 2 hours to overhaul the structure.
No one was injured in the fire, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The property is estimated to be worth $175,000 and sustained $80,000 in damages.
Norfolk Fire reminds you to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.
KTIV-TV NBC 4 Sioux City
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a house fire that resulted in one man being arrested.
LSO tells 10/11 NOW they were dispatched with Raymond Volunteer Fire & Rescue a little after 7:30 a.m. on a report of a house fire, just east of Highway 77 and Waverly Road. Crews arrived to fire coming from the home, and additional agencies were requested by Raymond.
The sheriff’s office says a 32-year-old man was located at the scene and was shortly taken into custody. Deputies say he resisted them, but was ultimately arrested. LSO says he was cited for resisting arrested, but was jailed for suspicion of second-degree arson.
LSO didn’t report any injuries, and says the home is a total loss.
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