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9/11 Firefighter Died, but Kids Fulfill His Shark Tank Dream

Keith Young's children pitched his Cup Board Pro

(Newser) - Keith Young invented the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board with a detachable bowl attached, and he dreamed of bringing it on Shark Tank. But the New York City firefighter, who helped with Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11, died in March of cancer related to the World Trade Center attacks... More »

6 Formed a Human Chain to Find a Teen. All Drowned

Firefighters were caught in an abandoned mining pool in Malaysia

(Newser) - One tragedy in Malaysia has been compounded by an even greater one: Six rescuers drowned Wednesday night while trying to find a teen who'd fallen into an abandoned mining pool, reports the BBC . The firefighters had tied themselves together with a rope and formed a human chain as they... More »

He Left His Bride Before the First Dance. She Told Him to Go

Firefighter Jeremy Bourasa had to go on a call in his first hour of marriage

(Newser) - They got married in a firehouse, a fitting locale given groom Jeremy Bourasa's role as a volunteer firefighter in St. Paul Park, Minn. They'd even discussed a worst-case scenario in advance, reports KARE 11 . "We talked about it, 'What if there’s a call?'" says... More »

Calif. Fire Chief: Verizon Slowed Our Data as We Fought Blaze

Led to 'significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,' lawsuit declaration says

(Newser) - Anxiety over how the absence of net neutrality rules could affect things has manifested itself in California. Ars Technica reports on a new lawsuit that includes a statement from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden alleging Verizon throttled the fire department's data services (specifically tied to its vehicle... More »

Firefighters Pummel Colleague in 'Severe' Attack

FDNY assault sparks three investigations

(Newser) - A vicious attack between firefighters this summer has triggered three investigations and left New York fire officials in shock, the New York Post reports. Insiders say over a dozen FDNY firefighters attacked three Bronx rivals so brutally on June 6 that a captain watching video of it had to go... More »

Massive Fire Tornado 'Was Incompatible With Life'

It was the last thing Calif. firefighter Jeremy Stoke ever saw

(Newser) - In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy... More »

Arson That Killed 2 Firefighters Wasn't Salon Owner's First

Thu Hong Nguyen faces up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - The 2015 deaths of two firefighters were caused by a woman who set fire to her own nail salon, and not for the first time, a judge ruled Monday. Thu Hong Nguyen was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree arson, second-degree murder, and second-degree assault after using flammable... More »

Nursing Home Resident May Have Set Trap for Firefighters

Long Beach fire captain is fatally shot, and 77-year-old suspect is in jail

(Newser) - A firefighter in Long Beach, Calif., was killed in the line of duty on Monday, and the circumstances are especially jarring: Authorities suspect that a 77-year-old resident of a nursing home deliberately set off an explosion, then waited for firefighters to arrive so he could shoot them, reports the Long ... More »

2 Firefighters Accused of Making Porn Videos at Station

They're now on administrative leave

(Newser) - Two firefighters in Ohio have been suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse. Akron officials say Arthur Dean and Deann Eller were both placed on administrative leave Monday while the city launched an investigation, the AP reports. Fire Chief Clarence Tucker says someone told a firefighter last week... More »

An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

Man Vanishes on NY Ski Trip, Turns Up in Calif. 6 Days Later

Police say firefighter appears to have suffered head injury, memory loss

(Newser) - A Toronto fire captain's skiing trip to upstate New York turned into a cross-country trip to California—and authorities say he has no idea how. Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, who was reported missing in the Whiteface Mountain area Feb. 7, turned up 2,500 miles away, confused and still... More »

Small Town's Controversy: Fire Chief Is a Sex Offender

Roger Gilbert of Spartansburg, Pa., convicted of intercourse with a 4-year-old girl in 2001

(Newser) - You'll find the name of Roger Gilbert listed as volunteer fire chief in the small Pennsylvania town of Spartansburg. In fact, the 43-year-old just got re-elected. The problem, though, is that you'll also find his name listed in the state's Megan's Law database for sex offenders,... More »

Man Pulled From Garbage Truck

Authorities don't know how he got there

(Newser) - Officials say it took firefighters in Philadelphia over two hours to free a man who somehow wound up stuck in a trash truck's compactor section, the AP reports. WCAU-TV reports firefighters had to use ladders to get into the vehicle so they could remove bags of trash to reach... More »

Married Prof Met Firefighters on Tinder, Then Things Got Ugly

Melissa Ann Santana arrested on charges of felony stalking, making false statements

(Newser) - She went by the names Ann, Amanda, and Kendall on Tinder—and some Arizona firefighters apparently swiped the wrong way. The Washington Post has the bizarre story of former Northern Arizona University professor Melissa Ann Santana, who was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of felony stalking and making false... More »

Ohio Firefighter Says He'd Save Dogs Before Black Men

Tyler Roysdon, 20, of Franklin Township has been suspended without pay

(Newser) - A volunteer firefighter in Ohio has been suspended without pay after posting on Facebook that he would save a dog from a burning building over a black man, WHIO reports. According to Raw Story , 20-year-old Tyler Roysdon of Franklin Township added, "one dog is more important than a million... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

Firefighters Rescue 18 Piglets—Then Eat Them

The sausages were 'fantastic'

(Newser) - Back in February, British firefighters rescued 18 piglets and two sows from a burning barn where more than 60 tons of hay had caught fire. Almost exactly six months later, the Telegraph reports the firefighters reconnected with the pigs—in the form of sausages. After the two-week-old piglets were saved,... More »

A 'Second-Long Sleep,' Then Thousands of Loose Chickens

It happened on an Austrian highway

(Newser) - Some 7,000 chickens on their way to be slaughtered had an unexpected shot at freedom Tuesday when the truck transporting them crashed into a bridge in Austria, spilling its load on the highway. Traffic on the A1 autobahn into Vienna was snarled for hours as authorities cleared the scene... More »

Firefighter Makes Most Important Catch of His Life

A baby was thrown from the 2nd floor of a burning apartment building

(Newser) - "It was something to see," Larry Carter tells Fox 5 . The plumber got video of a Georgia firefighter catching a baby that had been thrown from a burning apartment building Tuesday in Decatur. Good Morning America reports the baby's father was unable to get out of the... More »

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