Funeral services are being announced for Broome County’s long-time Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator, Michael Aswad.
According to an obituary posted by Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home on October 24, calling hours will be held at Saint Francis Assisi Church on Chenango Street, Hillcrest Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass. Masks are required.
According to the obituary, Aswad died Wednesday, October 20 at his home at the age of 71. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar noted Aswad was Broome’s first full-time Fire Coordinator, serving from 1981 until his retirement in 2006. Garnar also credited Aswad with modernizing the County Office of Emergency Services, consolidating dispatch operations and initiating new training programs that have been held as models in other parts of New York State.
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A massive fire broke out in Downtown Brooklyn Monday night, causing extensive damage to both a local cheesesteak shop and the offices of a major family service organization.
First responders arrived on the scene at 2 Nevins St. just before 11:30 pm to find heavy fire conditions after an alleged explosion in the basement of the mixed-occupancy building, home to SCO Family of Services and the adjoining Tony Luke’s Philly Cheesesteaks.
The explosion reportedly occurred in the basement of Tony Luke’s. Firefighters carried two victims out onto Nevins Street, near the corner of Flatbush and Fulton avenues, where paramedics administered live-saving aid before transporting them to the Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell hospital in Manhattan. Their conditions were not immediately known Tuesday morning.
Rochester Fire crews say people living in a house on Park Avenue were not hurt following a Sunday night fire, but they did put themselves in harm's way to try and get their pets.
RFD says it received a call for a structure fire just before 8:15 p.m. The reports said there was smoke inside of the home with people exiting.
Acting Deputy Chief James Hartman said the people in the home told 911 operators they were going to go back in to get their cats, despite the operator telling them it was a dangerous move. As a result, fire officials said it was a heightened response because of the strong possibility one of the individuals would become trapped.
"There was an issue because the people from the house said they wanted to go back into the house to grab some pets, which we do not recommend," Hartman said.
One person was seriously injured Tuesday after a Long Island Railroad train hit and pinned a car in Bayport, MTA police said.
According to MTA police, a 10:22 a.m. westbound Montauk branch train from Patchogue, due in Babylon at 10:52 a.m., hit an unauthorized vehicle on Bayport Avenue Crossing. The car and at least one passenger were heavily lodged under the train, and it took Bayport firefighters and police 18 minutes to rescue them from the vehicle, the Bayport Fire Department said.
The passenger was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they are being treated with advanced life support and are in serious condition, Community Ambulance said. No commuters onboard the train or the train engineer were injured, EMS said.
VIDEO: In September, Tropical Storm Ida devastated New York even though the city had done a lot since Superstorm Sandy to improve infrastructure and resiliency.
As a nor’easter drenched the region Monday into Tuesday, many in basement apartments shared their concerns about safety. Several residents of basement apartments drowned during Ida.
Hollis, Queens resident Ragendra Shivprasad barely got any sleep last night as she watched ands waited to see if rain water would rush into her basement.
Mayoral candidates Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa shared their takes on the issue of basement apartments at risk during inclement weather.
Adams, in the recent mayoral debate, called for a three-step forecast system warning residents and city agencies of the threat and a plan to more quickly warn those living in flood-prone basement apartments, particularly illegal cellar apartments without ample exits.
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