When it comes to selfless leaders, this Central New York first responder stands out among the best.
Meet Shawn Fleming:
Whenever there's a problem, you can always count on Shawn. He currently serves as 1st Assistant Chief of the Poland Volunteer Fire Company. Not only that, but Fleming also works with Kuyahorra Ambulance as an EMT.
In any role, Shawn has proven to be a leader. He's always willing to help his fellow brothers and sisters with training at the fire hall. Even if it's something as simple as a question, he always makes time for it.
Shawn is also dedicated to serving his community. It's never about personal accolades inside the firehall, it's about protecting people in and around Poland. No matter the time of day or night, he responds to every call that comes in.
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PHOTOS: Bright orange flames shot high into the early evening sky as fire ravaged a two-story home at 4 Copper Rock Road in the Orange Lake area of the Town of Newburgh.
The three-alarm blaze brought out firefighters from Orange Lake and other area departments to quell the flames.
The cause of the fire which was called in around 6:30 p.m. is under investigation.
There were no reports of injuries.
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A grateful borough this week thanked the City Fire Department’s Marine Division for saving the three passengers of a disabled boat in 8-foot waters off the coast of Breezy Point.
According to the FDNY, “Members had to work quickly and tactically position Marine 3’s vessel (pictured) in order to safely bring [the victims] aboard and onto shore.”
City Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) praised the quick response of City firefighters.
“What was meant to be a fun Memorial Day weekend outing quickly turned chaotic when a boat was caught against the Breezy Point jetty rocks in rough waters. Fortunately, New York’s Bravest responded quickly, pushing through strong wind and waves to reach three people in distress,” said Ariola, chairwoman of the Council Committee on Fire and Emergency Management.
Hurricane season could send up to nine hurricanes spiraling toward New York City this year, forecasters said.
Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday and will run until Nov. 30, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Forecasters with the agency's Climate Prediction Center last week predicted a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and 30 percent chances each of "above-normal" and "below-normal" season.
New Yorkers can expect between five and nine hurricanes will develop, forecasters said. Of those, one to four could turn into major hurricanes, they said.
“As we saw with Hurricane Ian, it only takes one hurricane to cause widespread devastation and upend lives," said Deanne Criswell, FEMA's administrator, in a statement.
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