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Junior Firefighter, 16, Shot Dead Inside Station

Pa. firefighter charged with criminal homicide

(Newser) - Preparations inside a Pennsylvania firehouse for a "Light Up Night" parade on Sunday somehow ended up with a 16-year-old junior firefighter dead and a 21-year-old fire captain in jail. WPXI reports that George Matis Jr. was charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting of... More »

Firefighter Makes Horrible Discovery at Crash Site

Victim was his own 16-year-old son

(Newser) - Minnesota firefighter Randy Peterson's worst fears came true Sunday night when he was called to a car crash with a vehicle on fire. Peterson, a volunteer firefighter in the small town of Ada, knew that his 16-year-old son, Carter, was out—and he knew the vehicle was his son'... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... More »

Suspect in Arson Targeting Black Firefighter Is 'Friend'

Ex-firefighter may have been upset with Kenneth Walker's fire company

(Newser) - Buffalo police have a suspect in custody in the arson of a black firefighter's apartment —and he's no stranger. Police say former firefighter Matthew Jurado, 39, who lives across the street from Kenneth Walker, has been charged with second-degree arson after he admitted to starting the blaze... More »

Home of Black Firefighter Torched After He Got Racist Letter

Note sent to Kenneth Walker's home earlier in week said 'resign ... or you will regret it'

(Newser) - Kenneth Walker's two cats were killed and he lost all of his possessions, but he, his wife, and their two kids are OK after a fire Wednesday in his apartment outside Buffalo, NY—a fire sparked after he received a racist letter telling him to quit the local volunteer... More »

Fire Chief Killed on 9/11 Finally Gets His Funeral

Lawrence Stack's remains, required for a Catholic funeral, were never found

(Newser) - New York Fire Department battalion chief Lawrence Stack was laid to rest Friday—nearly 15 years after he died when the World Trader Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times reports. Stack was helping an injured business man from Iowa when the north tower collapsed, killing him.... More »

Before Suicide, Firefighter Was Harassed Online

Nicole Mittendorff targeted by users claiming to be colleagues

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating whether anonymous posts in an online forum pushed Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff to suicide . In a thread for emergency workers on website Fairfax Underground in December, the 31-year-old was called derogatory names including "slut," Fairfax Fire Chief Richard Bowers tells the New York Daily News... More »

Puppy Saved in Fire May Help Sniff Out Arsons

He suffered burns over 75% of his body in June

(Newser) - Black smoke was filling a burning shed in Charleston, SC, last June when firefighter William Lindler spotted a badly burned puppy within. Less than a year later, that puppy is now an honorary firefighter and the official mascot of the Hanahan Fire Department. After the 3-week-old pit bull, Jake, was... More »

Firefighter Pays $1K Bill for Disabled Teens

'I hope it inspires other people to do something similar'

(Newser) - Firefighter Ryan McCuen spent $1,023 on a Detroit family and received cookies, fruit, and a balloon in return. He doesn't regret it one bit. After responding to a medical call at a home earlier this month, McCuen, 35, learned Christy Stone has five kids, including two teens with... More »

Firefighter Dies in Elevator Shaft Fall

Daniel Capuano couldn't see opening through smoke

(Newser) - A Chicago firefighter died early Monday after falling two stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a smoky blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side. Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, was searching for the source of the blaze on the second floor, but he couldn't see because... More »

Firefighter 'Cut Down' While Collecting for Charity

Driver deliberately hit Dennis Rodeman after altercation: cops

(Newser) - Police in Michigan have arrested the driver of a pickup truck who they believe intentionally struck a firefighter standing in a roadway collecting money for charity, killing him. Dennis Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department who also served in the US Marines in Iraq, was struck about... More »

Firefighter Missing 9 Years Declared Dead

Court declaration brings no closure, says Brandy Hall's husband

(Newser) - Brandy Hall has been officially declared dead nine years and a day after the Florida firefighter's pickup truck was found stained with her blood . Family members of the mother of two had petitioned a court for a declaration of death, which was signed by a judge yesterday, reports Florida ... More »

Florida Firefighter Is Still Missing 9 Years Later

Nine years ago today, Brandy Hall left her Florida fire station and vanished

(Newser) - On the evening of Aug. 17, 2006, Florida firefighter and mother of two Brandy Hall left her night shift at the Malabar Fire Station early, at about 10:45pm. She was never seen again—at least by anyone willing to admit it. Her pickup truck, stained with lots of her... More »

Firefighter Dies After 'Ice Bucket' Accident

Tony Grider's truck got too close to power line in Aug. 21 incident

(Newser) - A 41-year-old firefighter in Campbellsville, Ky., died Saturday, a month after sustaining injuries while helping complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were both in a bucket on the ladder of a truck that had just dumped water on the Campbellsville University marching... More »

Firefighter Reunites With Man He Saved 46 Years Ago

Buffalo News recounts rescue, reunion

(Newser) - The Buffalo News has an amazing story of the reunion of a retired firefighter and the man whose life he saved 46 years ago. Vincent Fildes, 87, and Patrick Weatherspoon met at a cafe for the first time since Fildes rescued Weatherspoon—just 4 at the time—from his burning... More »

Texas Firefighter Puts Out Blaze ... With Beer

After extinguisher didn't work, he went to Plan B

(Newser) - An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tire fire: He used beer the rig was hauling. Fire Capt. Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home Monday night after a trip to Austin when they came upon an 18-wheeler on... More »

When Contract Firefighters Die, Uncle Sam Turns Away

'A horrible inequity,' says one mom

(Newser) - When Caleb Renno died fighting a fire in 2008, his parents naturally sought federal death benefits for first responders. But Renno was a contract firefighter working for a private company, and the government said no way. It's a fine line that is the difference between a lifetime of financial... More »

Firefighter Guarding Fallen Hero Hit By Thief

But a police officer comes to Houston firefighter's aid

(Newser) - Today, in the Adding Insult to Injury Department: An off-duty firefighter who had volunteered to guard the body of a fallen comrade— one of four who died in a Houston fire last week— saw a computer bag, iPad mini, laptop, and tools worth $1,300 stolen from his car while... More »

Boater Puts Out Fire in Awesome Way

New Zealanders capture makeshift firefighting on video

(Newser) - No firefighters around when your boat goes up in flames? How about hiring this freethinker to douse it with a speedboat "and look like a badass doing it," reports Gizmodo . Bystanders with a video camera recorded the flaming boat at Lake Lyndon in New Zealand but apparently just... More »

Firefighter: I Was Snubbed for Being Vegetarian

Anthony Harper says colleagues ostracized him

(Newser) - Talk about a meaty problem: A New York firefighter says colleagues have snubbed him and even endangered his life because he's vegetarian, the New York Post reports. Anthony Harper, 42, says it began when he changed his diet two years ago and stopped paying his share of communal meals... More »

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