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Rescued Dog Kisses New Firefighter Pal

Photo from Wells, Maine, is a hit

(Newser) - It's important to say thanks ( or not ), and a photo of a dog doing just that in Maine is going viral, reports WISN . It seems that the dog got out of a second-story window and became stranded on his home's roof, and concerned citizens called authorities,... 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 Who Evacuated Hundreds After 9/11 Is Dead at 45

Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain turned firefighter

(Newser) - Thomas Phelan's life followed a different trajectory to that of many other 9/11 heroes: He was a hero who became a firefighter. On the day of the attacks, Phelan, who has died of cancer at age 45, was working as a ferry captain for Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry... More »

Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media

(Newser) - A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands 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 »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

Wife's Murder-for-Money Plot Backfires After Major Oversight

Uloma Curry-Walker wasn't the beneficiary on husband's life insurance policy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died was found guilty of his murder Friday, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime, the AP reports. Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding... More »

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 »

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