A young family from Maywood lost their home and three dogs after a fire destroyed their kitchen. The Maywood Volunteer Fire Department was called to the home around 11:45 am Wednesday.
The residents, Coy Terry and Casey Podsobinski and her son were not home at the time. Casey had left the house just an hour before the call came in.
Bo, Ruger and Wrangler were in the home, and all three dogs died to smoke inhalation before the fire department arrived.
The fire destroyed the kitchen. State Fire Investigator Ryan Sylvester declared the cause, an accidental malfunction of a kitchen appliance. Chief Greg Blank with the Maywood Fire Department said he guessed at least $60-70 thousand in damages to the home.
"There was some fire damage. Pretty much the kitchen's gone now. The guys did a heck of a job knocking it (the fire) down," said Chief Blank.
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Alan Atkinson knows Fremont rescue squad personnel look a little different when they come to someone’s door these days.
That’s because they’ve launched some different procedures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
When Fremonters call for a rescue squad, they’ll talk to a 911 dispatcher who will ask a series of questions, which include those about travel and possible exposure to someone with the virus.
This helps first-responders prepare for the call.
Fremont Fire Department personnel have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The equipment includes goggles, a mask and gloves, which they wear to calls.
If through the dispatcher’s questions, squad members believe the person is a suspected COVID-19 patient, they also have protective, full-body suits and full-face shields, said Atkinson, a Fremont firefighter.
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A piece of Waverly history has returned home.
On Saturday, a fire truck originally owned by the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department made its way back to its hometown after a 65-year trip around eastern Nebraska.
City officials were notified out about six months ago that a 1934 Ford Model BB fire truck formerly owned by Waverly was for sale, according to Aaron Hummel, a member of the fire department and the city’s emergency services coordinator. The Omaha Fire Department had been in possession of the truck for several years.
Department members were surprised to hear the truck was still around and were interested in bringing it back to Waverly as soon as possible.
“We thought this was something that was unique,” Hummel said.
The process of buying and moving the vehicle began soon after the first contact from OFD.
VIDEO: As more stories of neighbors helping neighbors come to light across the Omaha metro, a La Vista distillery took a break from making spirits to produce another type of in-demand alcohol -- hand sanitizer.
On Wednesday, Soldier Valley Spirits, a part of Patriarch Distillery, donated their fresh supply to first responders.
"It wasn't really that hard," Jeff Hadden, founder and owner of Patriarch Distillery, said. "It's not rocket science. It's hand sanitizer."
Hadden said he and his small team of distillers in La Vista saw a need took their unused supply of alcohol and put their skills to work, producing a sanitizer he said was 170 proof.
"It's made with glycerin and peroxide, so it will kill the virus, for sure. It's the highest the FDA will allow us to put out," Hadden said.
58 gallons later, Hadden said, the First Responders Foundations connected Soldier Valley with the Omaha Fire Department.
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