Wisconsin News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Onalaska taps longtime firefighter Troy Gudie as chief

The new Onalaska fire chief has a familiar face: The city hired Troy Gudie, who had been assistant fire chief/fire inspector since 2003 and, most recently, interim fire chief. Gudie, who assumes the new post immediately, began his firefighting career in Onalaska in 1989 as a paid, on-call firefighter/first responder. He has been with the Onalaska Fire Department ever since. He replaces William “Billy” Hayes, who resigned in April. Gudie and his wife, Trudy, have two sons and two grandsons.
WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

La Crosse fire chief’s annual report cites higher volume, no civilian casualties

La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam’s Annual Community Report for 2019 reflects optimism, even as he acknowledges that 2020’s continuing COVID-19 curse presents whole new challenges. Among the highlights of the year were responding to an increased annual volume totaling more than 6,800 incidents, recording no civilian fire casualties in 2019 and achieving cardiac arrest survival rates far above national averages, Gilliam wrote. “While the future is always uncertain, my taking this opportunity to look backwards has provided me comfort in knowing that the dedicated men and women of the La Crosse Fire Department will undoubtedly continue to rise to the occasion, no matter what crisis is thrown at them as public servants,” Gilliam wrote in his opening letter.
WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Firefighter, resident suffer minor injuries after Janesville home catches fire

A resident and a firefighter were injured after a home went up in flames in Janesville Tuesday afternoon. The Janesville Fire Department says firefighters responded to a home in the 400 block of North Terrace Street and found smoke coming from the home. The residents had already evacuated, and the firefighters were able to extinguish the flames “after an aggressive attack,” according to a report from JFD. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation, and a firefighter sustained a minor injury. Red Cross is providing assistance to the residents. Alliant Energy and Janesville Police Department assisted at the scene. The department estimates the fire caused $40,000 in damage to the home.
WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Beloit has more COVID-19 cases; Janesville tops in mortality rate

More Beloit residents have tested positive for the coronavirus than in any other Rock County municipality, but Janesville claims the higher mortality rate. After months of back and forth between county and municipal leaders, the Rock County Public Health Department has started publishing community-specific data on its website for Janesville and Beloit. The county’s remaining cities, villages and towns have been lumped together in a separate category. Epidemiologist Nick Zupan said health department officials hope to offer data for smaller municipalities in the future. Municipal data confirms the coronavirus has reached more Beloit residents.
Janesville Gazette

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