Wisconsin News

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Door County League completes AED outfitting of fields

You can root, root, root for your favorite Door County League team with the comfort of knowing that a lifesaving device is nearby. On Friday, the Door County League announced that it has raised enough money to outfit all its baseball diamonds with Automated External Defibrillators for the 2024 season. League officials began the push last year after a Maplewood Mets pitcher took a line drive ball square to his chest. On-site athletic trainers and nurses ensured a happy ending to the story, but it alerted team officials and fans about the need to have AEDs on–site. DCL teams raised $9,000 through different methods to purchase an AED for each of the eight fields. It was an essential effort for Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht, who not only led his own campaign in the county to install AEDs at businesses and public places but also has a son who plays on the Sister Bay Bays.
Door County Daily News

’An extremely amazing scene’: First responders across Wisconsin participate in walk of life send-off

VIDEO: Early Monday morning, first responders across Wisconsin supported the family of Rodi Erickson as they sent her off in a helicopter to donate her organs. "It was an extremely amazing scene," said Officer Anthony Klein, School Resource Officer, Marshfield Police Department. "You always hear of a police brotherhood last night really showed it's a police family." Rodi's husband, Brody Erickson, is a School Resource Officer in Marshfield. First responders from Marshfield, all the way to New London, came to support the Erickson family following her sudden death last Thursday. "It went from one department to the other," said Rodi's Father, Randy Mess. "The only thing I told them was I was hoping that they could send my daughter off with a blast and light up the sky...it was utterly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in the world for my daughter."
WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Racine porch fire leaves family homeless

A Racine family is unable to live in their home near Buchanan and Barker after a fire that started on the home's porch late on Monday, April 22. Racine fire officials say crews were dispatched to the porch fire around 11 p.m. Monday. Three residents who were home at the time of the fire, managed to get out of the building safely and call 911. Firefighters arriving on the scene got control of the fire within ten minutes – preventing it from spreading further into the home. Officials said in all, 23 firefighters responded to the scene and worked to fight the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the home is uninhabitable. Damage to the structure and contents in the home is estimated at $90,000.
WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

History Channel star judges Halligan bars for ’Cast in Steel’ contestants at Milwaukee School of Engineering

VIDEO: The Milwaukee School of Engineering is playing host to a competition drawing students from all over the world, and this year's "Cast in Steel" contestants found insight from their local fire departments. "Lt. Schultz, Engine 37, and this is The Love Handle." The Boston Fire Department was called on by students who wanted to know if the Halligan bar they crafted would work on the job. "We've learned a lot and I think it's really gonna help us in our careers," said Kannon Behrens, sophomore, Wentworth Institute of Technology. These six sophomores from Wentworth Institute of Technology were among some 200 students from 42 universities from around the world who are in Milwaukee now, showcasing their Halligan bars used by firefighters for forceable entry.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Area and Wisconsin DNR fire officials say wild land fires are up significantly this year so far

A grass fire just south of Eau Claire is one of several that fire crews responded to in recent days. “7 fires over the course of a week is a pretty busy week. Historically for how often our agency responds to fires,” said Andrew Sorenson. He is a team leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division. Sorenson said the dry conditions have kept him and others responding to fire busy this year. “We actually started our year really early. Our first fire in Augusta here was actually February 2nd. Which is very odd. We’re normally under snow cover,” said Sorenson. The 7 fires he mentioned were for areas considered east of Eau Claire, which include: Augusta, Neillsville, Black River Falls and slightly up north Jim Falls.
WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Fire in Green Bay causes $60K in damages, leaves three without home

Three Green Bay residents are without a home after a fire on the 800 block of School Place on Monday afternoon. According to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, firefighters were sent to the 800 block of School Place shortly after 1:15 p.m. Upon arrival, crews found smoke and fire coming from the second floor of a multi-family occupancy. Green Bay firefighters were able to control the incident within ten minutes of arriving on the scene. All occupants had evacuated before crews arrived at the residence. No firefighters or civilians were injured during this incident, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. As a result, the fire is estimated to have caused $60,000 in damages, and three people who were living at the location are now without a home. No additional details were provided.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

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