VIDEO: Police have arrested a teenager in the assault of an off-duty firefighter on the Upper East Side last weekend.
Damir Johnson, 17, is facing a charge of second-degree assault.
He was greeted by a line of grim faced firefighters who stared him down as he was moved from the 19th precinct on Thursday.
For his part, Damir insisted the off duty firefighter attacked his friend first, and he was merely defending his friend.
"He assaulted my friend. He attacked my friend and I had to defend my friend. He actually pushed my friend to the ground and I had to defend my friend," he told reporters.
The incident happened on Saturday around 9:25 a.m. on E. 86th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues on the Upper East Side.
Police say the victim tried to stop the group from harassing an elderly couple.
That's when Johnson allegedly punched him in the back of the head and then stomped on him while he was down.
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PHOTOS: The badge that new city firefighter David Herman will wear on his uniform was a gift from his boss.
It was the same badge that his father, Fire Chief Dale C. Herman, put on when he first became a city firefighter 33 years ago.
“Every time I leave the station, I’ll take it with me,” the new firefighter said about the badge he’ll proudly wear.
Mr. Herman was joined by three other new firefighters who became the newest members of the Watertown Fire Department on Thursday morning.
For the past 12 weeks, the four new firefighters — Robert Schultz, 26, of Croghan; Lane Broadhurst, 28, of Adams Center; and Jonathan Stetson, 23, of Cape Vincent; and Mr. Herman — trained at the Massey Street fire station.
They learned such things as how to run fire equipment, giving first aid and what to do during fire rescues.
And how to be a part of the Brotherhood of Firefighters.
Watertown Daily Times
The deep bellow of the fire trucks’ emergency horns seemed a bit less frantic Saturday as the line of vehicles slowly made their way up Vischer Ferry Road.
The sight of more than two dozen emergency fire trucks moving slowly behind department members from the Capital Region marching in Class A dress uniforms was a sign of respect for the volunteers of the Jonesville Fire Department’s 100-year anniversary.
With a full sun overhead and a slight cooling breeze, Saturday was one of the first days this spring where people felt they could relax a little and step away from yard work and household chores to enjoy the day.
Residents attending the event arrived early, found a spot along the parade route and plopped down their blankets and fold up chairs shortly before the noon kickoff.
The parade of fire vehicles, old and new, marching department members, and the Albany Pipe Band was the start of the Jonesville Fire Department’s 100th-anniversary celebration on the Clifton Commons.
Clifton Park Community News
VIDEO: Investigators are looking into what sparked a house fire on Arnett Boulevard Thursday night.
A mother and her child were upstairs in the home when she heard the smoke alarm going off around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Firefighters say they arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor that was quickly spreading to the second floor.
Rochester Deputy Fire Chief Darryl Winter says smoke detectors were essential for a safe escape in this case. "Here is a primary example, if the smoke alarm doesn't go off, she's upstairs before they even notice the smoke and the fire probably engulfs the whole first floor" Chief Winter said.
Everyone made it out of the house. No one was hurt. The house has severe damage.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester
This week, the Fishers Fire District will become the first agency in Ontario County to offer ALS services on fire apparatus as part of an EMS first response program.
As a community that continues to experience residential and commercial development, there is a great demand for fire and EMS. Last year the District and staff recognized a need to help ensure the best possible care for residents and visitors, so in June 2018, the Board of Fire Commissioners voted to transition EMS first response services from basic life support to Advanced care.
Since Board approval nearly one year ago, the staff has worked to develop the operational plans and procedures necessary to operate a New York State Certified Service, and last week passed a Department of Health site inspection, of equipment, training and procedures.
Geneva Finger Lakes Times - Metered Site
This holiday weekend, ceremonies will be held throughout Western New York, from parades to the more solemn remembrances of those who died while in military service for the United States. While there's no shortage of events, there is a growing challenge to staff one of the most important elements of Memorial Day gatherings: the color guard.
At issue, according to Erie County Veterans Services Agency director David Shenk, is the aging membership of veteran posts which usually contribute volunteers. Some posts, as their members have aged and died off, have closed in recent years.
"The veterans' average age is continuing to rise, especially those that are active in posts," said Shenk, who is also a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. "That has forced some color guards to decrease in size or merge with a neighboring post to be able to have enough people for a good-sized color guard."