Wisconsin News

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Donation to Monona first responders could help kids in crisis situations

The Monona Police and Fire Departments now have a few extra resources to help them comfort children they encounter in crisis situations. Madison-based nonprofit REACH-A-Child donated 20 "REACH" bags to the departments. They're durable backpacks filled with children's books and drawstring bags. 13 will be put in squad cars and seven will be put in ambulances and fire trucks. REACH-A-Child partners with first responders in communities across the state to help children dealing with trauma situations. Part of that effort includes delivering the books and bags. The organization hopes that when first responders encounter a child in a crisis situation, they can provide them with the books to distract them from the source of trauma.
WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Janesville house fire does $50,000 in damage, residents displaced

Janesville fire officials say more than a dozen firefighters from multiple departments responded to a house fire on S. Locust St. Monday afternoon. The call came in just before 3 p.m. Monday for a report of a garage fire. When crews got on scene, they found smoke coming out of the first floor of the two-floor home, not from the garage. Witnesses nearby told fire crews they believed a woman who lived in the house was still on the second floor. The first units on scene were able to quickly put out the fire on the first floor, while the second crew helped the woman evacuate from the second floor of the house. The fire department says a man who also lived in the home tried to put out the fire before the fire department got there, but evacuated when he was unable to put it out.
WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Man on work release for previous arson arrested for string of fires in Waukesha

A man serving time on work release for arson was arrested again in a string of fires that were spotted Monday by Waukesha bus drivers. Surveillance video shows a man placing something in a dumpster moments before it caught on fire Monday at the Waukesha Metro Transit Center. "Got a call from a driver who observed a dumpster on fire at the transit center," said Daniel Peterson, head of security for Waukesha Metro Transit. Peterson arrived to find a garbage can inside on the concourse also on fire and another dumpster burned minutes later just down the street. "I saw an urgency in getting him apprehended quick," Peterson said. "It endangers the lives of everybody. If this was his proclivity of starting fires for his cheap thrills, that I just speculated that he could probably be starting fires and do a residence and maybe fatalities in the balance." The suspect was arrested nearby.
WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Females on the frontlines: St. Norbert College graduate is debunking stereotypes and helping diversify the fire industry

Firefighter Emily Owens is a St. Norbert College graduate whose not only debunking stereotypes in her career field, but is part of the groundbreaking efforts to help diversify the fire industry. "I didn't always get a lot of support as the only woman on a crew. There was a time when I was the only woman on a crew. There was a time when I was the only woman working on a prescribed fire and people didn't really bother learning my name. They just called me girl. That was really hard for me,” Owens said. Owens is part of the Montana Conservation Corps and thanks to a generous grant from the National Park Foundation, they were able to help launch a program to create an all women fire crew. "I applied for the women's fire crew because I knew we would be more of a safe space. And I knew they would likely have similar reasons for wanting to apply for this crew,” Owens said.
WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

North Prairie firefighter dies, COVID contracted while on duty

A North Prairie firefighter has died in the line of duty after contracting COVID-19. Colleagues are remembering Gary Berg for his decades of dedication to the job. Berg joined the North Prairie Fire Department as soon as he could, his 18th birthday, and he never looked back. His fellow firefighters say they'll miss the man known for his humility and hard work. Even before he joined the department, Berg helped them fight fires, providing an initial response with his dad until full crews arrived. Donald Gray, former chief, says he knew he needed Berg on the department. "So I handed his dad an application, and then a year later, we got Gary," said Gray. "He graduated high school, and we got Gary to join up. That was 36 years ago." Ever since, Berg was a dedicated volunteer member of the department, always willing to put his personal life on hold for a call – until late September. "We're gonna miss him," said Gray.
WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Man sentenced to 38 years in prison for setting Waukesha woman on fire in random attack

A man found guilty of setting a woman on fire in Waukesha in September of 2020, was sentenced Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 to 38 years in prison with another 24 years of extended supervision. Authorities said it was a random attack. The victim, Amber Fuller, was walking her dogs when police say Joel Murn ran up to her and set her on fire. Fuller suffered second and third degree burns to her arm and back. Documents say Murn thought Fuller was his cousin, the intended target of his attack. Murn pleaded no contest in July to attempted first-degree homicide and arson charges.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

La Crosse Woman and dog trapped inside bedroom during an apartment fire

An early morning fire is a reminder to close your bedroom door at night. The La Crosse Fire Department responded to a house fire just after midnight this morning. A female was reported to be trapped inside her bedroom with her dog according to firefighters. The fire crew was able to extinguish the first floor fire, while the woman was held safely in her bedroom. Then were then evacuated, as well as the two tenants of the upstairs unit. Firefighters note that because the bedroom door was closed when the fire started, it limited where it spread to. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WLAX & WEUX-TV FOX 25 & 48 La Crosse

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