PHOTOS: It’s been 21 years since one of the most heartbreaking days in Worcester’s history.
On Dec. 3, 1999, a blaze at the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. claimed the lives of six Worcester firefighters. Each December since, the city has remembered the sacrifices of Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. Timothy Jackson Sr., Lt. James Lyons III and Firefighters Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton and Joseph McGuirk. Firefighters across the city will have a moment of silence to remember the “Worcester 6" on Wednesday. There will be no public memorial event because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Flames consumed the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building 21 years ago after two homeless people staying inside knocked over a candle. More than 75 firefighters rushed inside the Franklin Street building. The Worcester 6 never made it out of the 110,000-square-foot building, which had a maze-like structure inside.
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VIDEO: Fire crews were battling a blaze at a large two-story structure in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday evening, officials said.
The fire was reported around 6:10 p.m. on the 500 block of East Ninth Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, where a number of fabric stores are located.
Firefighters had moved to a defensive operation to battle fire, which was escalated to a “greater alarm” incident. Crews were primarily using ladder pipes to battle the intense heat and flames.
The bulk of the fire load was in the second story and attic, officials said.
The majority of flames were out around 7:20 p.m., the department said.
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Stefan Hofer’s ambulance company, West Trail EMS, in Mayville, North Dakota, has received only one or two calls that weren’t related to COVID-19 over the past two months. But he said the case count has ballooned by 20 to 30 percent because of the pandemic. At the same time, the company’s expenses have mounted, its revenue has cratered and its workforce is being decimated by the virus.
The company — which is private and supported by volunteers, a few employees and four trucks — covers more than 1,500 miles of North Dakota prairie and serves about 10,000 people on the far east side of the state.
Private EMS services, both in urban and rural centers across the country, collectively received $350 million in COVID-19 relief funds in April, but those companies said that money ran out within weeks. Months later, the need remains great as they face another coronavirus surge.
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The Essex Fire Department (EFD) is one of 20 fire departments in the country — and the only one in Vermont — to join a Drexel University study investigating how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the mental health of first responders.
The study is run by the Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST Center) at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The study ran over six months said Stephen Trenholm, Essex Fire Department’s safety officer. An anonymous survey was sent out each month from May 2020 to October 2020.
EFD was “selected to represent not just their department in Vermont, but departments that look like them who aren't in the study across the United States,” said Jennifer Taylor, director of the FIRST Center.
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The family of an FDNY captain, who died decades ago after fighting a major fire in Queens, is demanding his name be added to a memorial wall honoring those who died in the line of duty.
Richard Meister says he never knew his grandfather, FDNY Captain Hans Meister, but he’s heard plenty of stories about the impact he had on other members of his family.
“My dad slept under the coffin for the first two nights of my grandfather lying in state at the family home,” Meister said.
The FDNY captain died in 1943, five days after battling a massive warehouse fire at the Diesel Electric Company in Long Island City.
“The next day, he had a mild cough, the day after it got worse.
He said it was like he had something in his lungs that he couldn't clear,” Meister said of his grandfather. At the time of his death, Captain Meister’s death was not linked to the fire. But, the family is convinced he suffered from acute respiratory distress.