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Friday, October 18, 2019

65-year veteran of the North Bellmore Fire Dept. to be inducted into Firefighters Museum’s Wall of Fame

A 65-year veteran of the North Bellmore Fire Department will be honored at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center’s annual Badge of Courage Celebration on Oct. 18. Allen Walther, of North Bellmore, who served as chief and commissioner during his tenure, will be inducted into the museum’s Wall of Fame for his contributions to the museum and the local fire service. Walther died on June 3, a day after his 63rd wedding anniversary. He was 83. Each year, the museum honors community members for their efforts, and their support of fire safety, prevention and education. Walther’s addition to the Wall of Fame is particularly fitting since he headed the museum’s restoration committee when it first opened, and restored many of the pieces now on display himself.
Merrick Herald

NYC EMT and EMS lieutenant hospitalized following bizarre turn of events on Brooklyn highway

Two city EMS veterans were in critical condition Thursday after a bizarre episode where one suffered a stroke behind the wheel — and the other an aortic aneurysm while headed to assist his colleague, authorities said. The double dose of tragedy began when Liam Glinane, a 28-year FDNY veteran, was stricken while driving around 1 p.m. on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, with his ambulance veering slightly off the highway as it rolled to a halt. Glinane was alone in the emergency vehicle at the time, officials said. He was transporting it from one FDNY site to another. Lt. Raymond Wang, 47, was on a ride-along with a Elmhurst Hospital doctor when the call about Glinane came across. The pair drove to the scene to assist the ailing EMT, officials said. But 19-year fire department veteran Wang was struck by an aortic aneurysm once they arrived, leaving the doctor to treat both firefighters while waiting for additional help.
New York Daily News

2 firefighters hurt battling Clayton brush fire

Two volunteer firefighters were hurt battling an outdoor brush fire in the town of Clayton Thursday night. State police Sgt. Dominic Doldo tells 7 News the two firefighters were transported to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown with non-life-threatening injuries. Doldo says one suffered a leg injury while the other had an upper body injury. No word yet on which fire department they volunteer for. Crews were fighting flames at 34926 State Route 12. Police say it started as a controlled burn that got out of hand. State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating.
WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28

1 person hospitalized after house fire on Rutgers Street in Rochester

Rochester firefighters say one person was rescued from a house fire on Rutgers Street Thursday morning. Firefighters responded around 9:30 a.m. They say the fire was under control within the hour. The person who was rescued was hospitalized with what appeared to be minor injuries. Firefighters at the scene said they rescued the person from the attic window of the house. Crews on Thursday morning worked to remove charred wood from the building to prevent another fire in the multi-unit home.
Rochester First

Fire destroys three homes in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island

VIDEO: Fire officials say a fire ripped through multiple homes on Fire Island early Thursday morning. They say it started after 2 a.m. on Bayview Walk in Ocean Bay Park, and that 12 departments responded to battle the flames. Chief Ian Levine, the Ocean Beach fire chief, says he was the commander on the scene. Levine says it's unknown which house the fire started in, but says it was one of the two homes on the bay side. He says the fire then spread due to the wind, completely destroying three homes. Three to four other homes suffered minor damage. "In the 28 years I've been fighting fires in Fire Island, I've never experienced a fire like this before," says Levine. Chief Levine says the fire was very intense with embers blowing all over from the bay side to the ocean side. There is no official cause of the fire yet, but Levine says flooding from the storm may have been the cause.
News 12 Long Island

Thursday, October 17, 2019

High-Rise Fire in Yonkers Leaves 200 Residents Displaced

A fire inside a Yonkers high-rise has left around 200 residents unable to go back home on a rainy night, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the building at 1841 Central Park Avenue, according to the Yonkers Fire Department. Residents were quickly evacuated as the difficult two-alarm fire spread. Firefighters were still battling the flames nearly three hours later, fire officials said, adding that the fire was still not under control. There were no injuries reported. The 200 residents who live in the building and can’t go back into their homes were set to spend the night at a nearby school, according to Yonkers fire officials. It was not immediately clear how the fire started. An investigation is ongoing.

Girl suffers serious burns after setting herself on fire in Brooklyn school bathroom

A 9-year-old girl suffered serious burns after accidentally setting herself on fire with a lighter at her Brooklyn school Wednesday, according to sources. The girl was playing with a lighter she’d found in the third-floor bathroom at Excellence Girls Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant when her school uniform went up in flames around 2:30 p.m., sources said. School officials called 911 after the victim began screaming, sources said. She was taken to the burn center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell in Manhattan with second- and third-degree burns to 40% of her upper body. The girl is currently in stable condition. No one else was injured.
New York Post

Watertown city firefighters honored for service

The Watertown City Fire Department honored its members Wednesday. A ceremony in honor of Fire Prevention Week was held in front of friends and family at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station. A few years ago the department started handing out annual awards and pins for firefighters who performed honorable service throughout the year. More than 25 members were given awards for such things as helping a mother in labor deliver a baby, saving people by using CPR, and for fighting a fire on Myrtle Avenue earlier this year that killed 4 people. "This is recognition of individual effort and group effort," Chief Dale Herman said, "and letting the citizens know that they've got a top-notch fire department protecting and watching out for them."
WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28

Foundation named in honor of Gates firefighter

The legacy of a beloved Gates firefighter will live on through a new foundation in his name. Joe Manuse died last month from a bee sting. He was a 20-year volunteer and the department’s fire prevention officer. The last several weeks have been tough for those who knew and loved Manuse. “When he came in the door, everyone knew he was in the building and every time the door opens... I'm kind of waiting for it to be him and for this all to be a bad dream,” Gates Fire Chief Alan Bubel said. The firefighter, father and brother was stung by a bee at a family event in September. While lifesaving efforts started right away, Manuse died at the hospital a short time later. "We are still in a bit of disbelief, but we are all doing well, moving forward, doing what my brother would want us to do,” Claudio Manuse, Joe’s brother, told News10NBC.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Town of Lee: Fire commissioners poised to pass 2020 budget following hearing

Following a public hearing that drew one speaker with praise for the Lee fire district’s proposed 2020 budget, the spending plan is expected to be approved without changes. The town Board of Fire Commissioners “has not heard anything here” that would “incline us to change anything” in the budget proposal, board Chairman Patrick Hetherington said following the brief hearing Tuesday night at the Lee Center firehouse. The board will consider budget adoption at its Nov. 4 meeting. Hetherington commented “unless something comes out of the woodwork” regarding modifications that may be needed, “we would move forward on this.” If some changes do surface, he noted he would “fully explain at the November meeting” for the public.
Rome Sentinel - Metered Site

New York Boy, 11, with terminal brain cancer asks for ’patches and prayers’ from military, law enforcement, firefighters

The family of a young boy from New York who was diagnosed earlier this year with a rare and terminal brain cancer is asking members of the military, law enforcement, EMS and firefighting communities to send along “patches and prayers” as he continues his difficult battle. John Francis Hoague-Rivette, 11, was diagnosed in May with a grade 3 Glioma tumor on his brain stem after experiencing months of mysterious symptoms, which began with difficulty walking, talking and eating and soon escalated into seizures-like episodes that would last for nearly an hour. John was first admitted to the Albany Medical Center in March where he underwent a series of scans. After a failed treatment for what doctors believed was an imbalance with his antibodies causing inflammation in the cerebellum, John’s health began to rapidly decline.

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