Paragould’s Fire Station No. 1 is getting a new look and a new home to alleviate issues their current station gives.
Their location, at the corner of Highway 49 and 412, sometimes gets congested with traffic. This, at times, blocks the firefighters in the parking lot, unable to merge onto the highway.
City officials were at the new property Wednesday to conduct a groundbreaking. Their new location at 700 W. Highway 49 N. will offer the department more.
Six drive through bay doors will allow the department to drive through the facility. Firefighters, right now, must back their trucks indoors, which is less efficient.
A training room can house 75 to 80 people. The department plans to use this area to educate firefighters on new techniques. A wellness facility and storm safe room will also be built at the new location.
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Two felines have been saved in separate weekend house fires in Central Arkansas thanks to special oxygen masks made just for animals.
One of the rescues was in Sherwood where a 12-year-old yellow tabby had difficulty breathing due to soot in his mouth and nose.
Officials say after about 20 minutes he was breathing normally. Another cat was also found at the scene who was scared but otherwise okay.
Their 90-year-old owner was so happy firefighters got both cats out safely that she broke down in tears. Also, in Little Rock on Sunday, another kitty was saved when an apartment caught fire at 15th and College streets.
The Little Rock Fire Department posted a photo of the rescue on Facebook.
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According to the Hot Springs Police Department, an Arkansas paramedic was arrested Monday (Nov. 11) for allegedly cutting a 1.7-carat diamond ring from a deceased woman’s finger at a hospital and selling it at a pawnshop.
The Hot Springs Police Department said 50-year-old Lisa Darlene Glaze cut off a single marquis cut diamond ring with a gold band from the hand of Gloria Robinson, who had experienced a medical emergency and was transported Oct. 16 to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs where she was later pronounced dead.
After her death, Robinson’s personal effects were given to her sister and her husband, who noted three of Robinson’s rings were missing, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The victim’s sister asked a paramedic, later identified as Glaze, where the rings were and Glaze “did not answer her and walked away.”
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