The Village of Buckeye Lake hired Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District's captain as its new fire chief last week.
Ryan Wyse was sworn into office by Buckeye Lake Mayor Peggy Wells during a brief ceremony outside the Buckeye Lake Fire Department on Friday, alongside his daughters and other family.
"I knew that he was looking for a chiefs position and our current chief has been wanting to resign just because he felt bad that he didn't have the time to spend he thought he would have," Wells told The Advocate.
Wyse replaces Scott Hite, who has worked as the village's fire chief since the beginning of 2020. According to Wells, Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District Chief Clifford Mason will rearrange the hours Wyse works at his department so he has time to spend at Buckeye Lake. Mason previously also served as Buckeye Lake's interim fire chief following the death of Pete Leindecker.
A century and a half ago, Mark Newman became the first Columbus firefighter to die in the line of duty. On Tuesday, the Columbus Division of Fire and his descendants gathered to honor him with a ceremony and the unveiling of a headstone.
On Aug. 4, 1870, Newman died while fighting a fire at the Columbus Woolen Mills Factory when a wall collapsed onto him. Newman, who was also a police officer, was buried with honors from both departments but was left in an unmarked grave in Green Lawn Cemetery.
When Columbus firefighter Chris Klein learned that in 2013, he set out to change it.
“His name has been on our rolls for a long time,” Newman said. “I have so many of these little mysteries I’m unraveling, but this has been the biggest and the longest one.”
With the help of fellow firefighter Steve Cox, a GoFundMe account was set up and raised over $6,000.
With the launch of the city’s own ambulance service still at least a month away, City Council acted Tuesday to make sure there’s no lapse in emergency protection overnight for the next six days. Council voted 7-0 on an emergency basis to contract with Wintersville Fire Department to provide the personnel needed to designate one of their ambulances to answer calls in Steubenville daily between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. at least through Monday.
The contingency plan is needed because Steubenville’s current provider, Ambulance Service Inc., notified City Manager Jim Mavromatis that, because of temporary staffing issues, they won’t be able to cover the night shift for the next six days.
“We need the manpower,” 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul, chair of council’s finance committee, said. “I’m not alarmed, but it is reassuring to know we’ll have some kind of coverage.”
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A 24-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after being rescued from her burning home in New Castle early Wednesday.
Just after midnight, firefighters were called to the home at 817 E. Lutton Street for a kitchen fire with several animals and one woman trapped on the second floor.
The woman first escaped the flames but then returned to the home to retrieve her cat which she believed was in the attic.
Smoke was so heavy the woman was unable to get back out and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The woman was taken to the hospital where she is being treated for breathing too much smoke.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kobe says the fire was a result of food cooking on the stove.
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More than 2,500 FirstEnergy customers remained in the dark just before 5 am following a fire in Warren.
The fire was reported just before 2 a.m. Wednesday at an electrical substation behind the Jamestown Plaza on Mahoning Avenue NW.
The first firefighters on the scene reported that the flames were huge.
Three hours after the fire was reported power was still out in parts of Warren, Warren Township, Howland and Champion.
FirstEnergy had power restored by 7 a.m.
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Firehouse Subs’ 8th annual H2O for Heroes bottled water collection drive is Saturday, August 3.
Losing just 1.5 percent of the body’s average water content can cause mild dehydration. The average human loses as much as two quarts of water per day just through normal functions, including breathing, sweating and more.
This increases substantially for firefighters and vulnerable citizens in life-threatening situations year-round, and especially during hot summer months.
Each guest will receive a free medium sub in exchange for donating one 24-pack of bottled water, benefitting local fire and police departments, emergency victims, senior and community centers and more.
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