New York News

Friday, May 24, 2019

Teen suspect in FDNY assault faces line of firefighters during walk

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.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Watertown: Chief’’s son joins him in the fire department

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

Fire departments join with Clifton Park residents in saluting Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department’s longevity

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

Mother, child escape house fire on Arnett Boulevard in Rochester

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

Fishers Fire District transitions to advanced care for EMS

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

Plenty of parades and ceremonies for Memorial Day, but staffing color guards gets trickier

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."
WBFO-FM 88.7

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Maynard Fire Department member, who is also decorated Army sergeant, elected for Senate Hall Of Fame

A Maynard Fire Department member, who is also a sergeant in the Army, has been elected into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joe Griffo selected Sergeant Major Wiley R. Jones, II and recognized him during a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday. Jones is a veteran of two tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Since enlisting in the Army in 1988, Sergeant Major Jones has served in a variety of roles, and has served on many deployments -- he is also the recipient of many domestic and international honors. Sergeant Major Jones is a 30-year volunteer firefighter with the Maynard Fire Department, member of the Town of Marcy Zoning Board of Appeals, member of American Legion Post 1113, Lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8259 and member of Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 490.

Chief of Willowvale Fire Company passes away after long battle with cancer

Chief of Willowvale Fire Company and Oneida County Sheriff Deputy, Wayne Smoulcey, died after a long battle with cancer. Willowvale Fire Company made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday night. Smoulcey was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia seven years ago. Since then, he's battled other kinds of cancer. He worked with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, and the Willowvale Fire Company for many years. He has a young son, and a daughter on the way.

Follow-up: 1 of 6 Smiling Teens in NYC Firefighter Attack Arrested

One of the half-dozen smiling teenagers who allegedly attacked an off-duty firefighter who tried to stop them from harassing an elderly couple in Manhattan over the weekend has been arrested, police said Thursday. The 17-year-old boy, who lives in Manhattan, faces a second-degree assault charge. Authorities are still looking for three girls and two more boys in connection with the attack Saturday morning on East 86th Street. Authorities have said the 38-year-old firefighter walked up to the group when he spotted them messing with the couple. He tried to get them to stop, then one of the teens allegedly punched him and pushed him to the ground, where the teen kept hitting him, police have said. It wasn't clear if the boy taken into custody Thursday was thought to be the one who hurt the firefighter.

Herkimer County names new emergency services director

It likely is no surprise to friends and family that John Raymond’s career path led him to his latest opportunity: Herkimer County’s new emergency services director. Raymond was appointed director at the Herkimer County Legislature’s May 15 meeting. His appointment comes after nearly two decades of experience in public service — including emergency services and as a firefighter — pairing that with a lifelong fascination with amateur radios. “I grew up around radio communication devices,” Raymond said, noting his older brother got him and his father interested in amateur radios and how the family used to use Heath radio kits. Raymond has been a member of the Poland Volunteer Fire Company since 1999, where he served as a lieutenant line officer, fire company president and assistant chief over the years. He also has worked with emergency 911 dispatch services, starting in 2002 with New Hartford before heading to Herkimer County in 2003.
Utica Observer-Dispatch

Residents decry potential cell tower at Port Jefferson Station firehouse on Long Island

The residents who live surrounding the Terryville Fire Department Station 3 on Canal Road can already picture it in their heads — a metal tower rising to the sky, an eyesore for all to see. It’s a project that Port Jefferson Station resident and protest organizer Teresa Mantione said was going to tank their property values. “They have the reason it’s their property, but we live all around here,” Mantione said. “It’s all about money. They are going to get a lot of money for this project.” Multiple residents whose homes surround the Canal Road fire station said they thought a cell tower would be an eyesore, and they feared their property values would be dramatically reduced if the tower is constructed. James Rant, a commissioner for Terryville Fire District, said the cell tower has so far been tabled, and the district is not even sure if they will make any more headway on the project. Otherwise, he said the district was looking to help all residents in the district, as a lease agreement for a cell tower could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars for the district over several years.
TBR News Media

Watertown officials debate $1.3 million fire truck

A heated debate on Wednesday night whether to purchase a new fire department ladder truck generated the only sparks for this spring’s city budget deliberations. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman and City Manager Rick Finn got into a disagreement over purchasing a new aerial truck for $1.3 million that would replace a 1986 ladder truck or refurbishing the 2004 Pierce truck for $220,000. Mr. Finn argued that the city could refurbish the 2004 ladder truck, keep it on the road for another five to seven years and then replace it. In the end, council members decided to wait on a new ladder truck. Mayor Joseph Butler Jr. warned council members that the city will be taking on too much debt for a new $2.4 million pool at Thompson Park, about $3.1 million in a court expansion and other planned projects, so he opposed purchasing a new truck now. “You can’t buy a pool,” he said. “You can’t buy everything else.”
Watertown Daily Times

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