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
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
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
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